Statement on the Chabad of Poway shooting

April 29, 2019 -- Partnership for Working Families
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We are saddened and outraged by the continued political violence perpetrated by white nationalists. We stand in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters in mourning the shooting at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue. Saturday’s shooting, on the last day of Passover, killed one woman and injured three others, leaving their community reeling and devastated. A few days earlier, a man plowed his vehicle into a crowd of people in Sunnyvale, CA, “because they looked Muslim,” sending eight people to the hospital. These incidents, targeting Jews and Muslims, are only escalating as the current administration empowers and legitimizes white nationalists.

We call on our political leaders to take this ongoing threat seriously and take urgent action. They must speak out publicly and support long-term solutions that address the root causes of hate crimes. They must give no comfort nor succor to those who would use appeals to white supremacy or nationalism to benefit their agenda. And to our network and community, let’s remember that we are each other’s best defense; our solidarity is what will vanquish the dark and protect us all.