No One Is Illegal Fredericton’s statement on the Pittsburgh tragedy

No One Is Illegal Fredericton expresses our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the 11 people killed during shabbat services at the Tree of Life Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh, PA, on October 27, 2018.

The 11 people who lost their lives in this act of anti-semitism are: Joyce Fienberg, 75; Richard Gottfried, 65; Rose Mallinger, 97; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66; Cecil Rosenthal, 59; David Rosenthal, 54; Bernice Simon, 84; Sylvan Simon, 87; Daniel Stein, 71; Melvin Wax, 88; Irving Younger, 69.

As Fredericton residents gathered in a workshop to make our city a safer place for everyone to access services, regardless of their status, the news broke about this latest hate crime. We learned that, prior to the attack, the gunman sent chilling messages to HIAS, an American organization that has worked to protect refugees for more than 130 years.

We send our solidarity to HIAS and all people who are organizing against fascism, racism, white supremacy, anti-semitism, Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry. We also express our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones, two black people killed by a white supremacist in Louisville, Kentucky on Oct. 24.

We join all of you at HIAS in saying, “Welcome the stranger. Protect the refugee.” #HIAS #refugeeswelcome

 

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