Interfaith Response to Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

COLORADO’S PEOPLE OF FAITH STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE VICTIMS OF PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING

Friends,

We hope you are able to join us for a solidarity vigil tomorrow, Sunday.

Solidarity Vigil

Sunday, October 28th

5:00 PM- Temple Emanuel

51 Grape St, Denver, CO 80220

https://www.facebook.com/events/176764966599830/


This is a hard day for all people of faith. We are with you and here for folks that are going through a tough time from the horrendous news that there was an active shooter at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Colorado’s people of faith stand in solidarity with the victims and the families of the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting. As Coloradans we are no strangers to the pain and sadness being felt by the Pittsburgh community-- we are all mourning with you, Pittsburgh.

“At the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado our hearts are breaking with the Jewish community at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and with our Jewish family who has been experiencing an increase in anti-Semitic hate and vitriol over the past several years. Hateful and violent rhetoric must stop. Our leaders must lead. This is the time to stop pitting one person against another and to work for freedom and thriving for all.” -Amanda Henderson, Executive Director- Interfaith Alliance of Colorado

This is a time for us to start doing better, to start treating each other with the dignity and respect all people deserve. We know that this heinous act of violence did not come out of the blue, nor is it the first in recent history. The Anti-Defamation League reported that there were 1,986 incidents of antisemitism in 2017. Antisemitic rhetoric has been on the rise since the beginning of the Trump administration. Following the lead of our president, there were 4.2 million tweets of antisemitic comments shared just last year. We condemn all acts of hate from shootings to posts.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 294 shootings in the U.S. including today's shooting and zero actions taken by our political leaders to get assault rifles off of our streets. We, as Coloradans, have been fighting for gun control and gun safety for 19 years since the Columbine shooting and it breaks out hearts to add a community to fight.

Walking together,
Team Interfaith

Ana Temu