One year ago, on Shabbat morning, eleven Jewish congregants were murdered in their synagogue sanctuary in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
We remember their names and their stories. Joyce Fienberg. Richard Gottfried. Rose Mallinger. Jerry Rabinowitz. Cecil and David Rosenthal. Bernice and Sylvan Simon. Daniel Stein. Melvin Wax. Irving Younger.
Anti-Semitism and white supremacist rhetoric are on the rise online and in our communities. From Charlottesville to Poway, Tulsa to Pittsburg, religious groups, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are facing a dramatic increase in hate-based violence.
The Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act is a top legislative priority for us. It will improve state and local tracking of hate-based incidents and expand the ways that victims can seek justice. Khalid and Heather were killed on the same day, August 12, but one year apart. While their murders were prosecuted as hate crimes, neither was reported in official hate crime statistics.
Congress has the power to do better. In memory of the eleven congregants killed in Pittsburgh one year ago, and in memory of all victims of hate crimes, urge our leaders to support the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act.