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Saturday October 27, marked another senseless tragedy in our country when a lone gunman who promoted anti-Semitic and racist views, killed 11 Jewish worshippers and wounded others, including 4 police officers/ First responders  in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. This hate filled individual, used his arsenal of guns to commit this heinous crime. This tragic incident is one of the worst anti-Semitic incidents in U.S. History.

We see violent extremism on the rise against innocent people who get singled out because of their religion, race, gender, political views, where they are from and who they love.

Rather than leading by uniting the tapestry of people who make up our country, the President preaches division, advocates violence against the media, forcibly separates immigrant children from their parents who seek a better, safer life for their families in the U.S,  and sanctions white  supremacy.

But in the face of this adversity, we cannot back down from reaching out to all of our sisters and brothers in our union, our workplaces, our communities, and our country.

We find strength in unity across our differences, compassion in our joint humanity and solace in our combined efforts for justice.

We need to use this moment to come together as a union and nation in support of the Jewish Community.

We need real and practical solutions to the out- of- control gun violence in our country and a deliberate path to join together against hate.

We need to Turn out to vote for candidates and elected officials who stand with our  message that we won’t let hatred, racism and anti-Semitism tear us apart.

We commend the nurses , counselors, technologists,  and service employees who are the front lines of care for this community at this time.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victim’s families and wounded in Pittsburgh.

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