Civil and Human Rights Coalition Statement on Mass Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh:

“Acts of hatred targeting communities because of their faith, race, or ethnicity must stop. The mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue is unfortunately not an isolated incident. Although we are still learning more about this and other recent incidents, we must all agree that hate and bigotry – and the violent acts they motivate – are wrong. All of us have a responsibility to ensure a world without hate, and that responsibility is greater for those in positions of power and leadership. These acts of hate are not the new normal, and they must never become so.

“Our thoughts are with the victims’ families and community members, and we deeply appreciate the swift action of the first responders.”


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