Squirrel Hill: mourners find ‘safety in solidarity’ as they grieve after shooting

(A woman stands at a memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue after a shooting left 11 people dead in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Saturday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Writing for the Guardian, Payday Senior Labor Reporter has a look at how activists are using the massacre to organize for immigrants’ rights:

Riffat Chughtai, a Muslim activist, took the microphone. She spoke of how when hate crimes were directed at Muslims after 9/11, Muslims in Pittsburgh used the opportunity to build support systems for immigrants.

“Immigrants are a huge component now of the success of Pittsburgh,” she said. “Pittsburgh is one of the cities that hosts a lot of immigrants from every corner of the world and we always do.”

“Remember,” she implored: “Pittsburgh Strong.”

Ru Emmons led the crowd in a chant.

“Ignoring antisemitism will not make us safer,” Emmons said.

“Safety in solidarity,” came the reply.

“More cops in shuls will not make us safer.”

“Safety in solidarity.”

Go to the Guardian to read more. 

About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is the founder of Payday Report and also covers labor and immigration for The Guardian. In 2015, he was illegally fired for union organizing as Politico’s senior labor reporter and used his $70,000 NLRB settlement to start Payday. The son of United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and has dinner with his folks regularly. He can be reached at Melk@PaydayReport.com A Sidney Award winner and proud graduate of Woodland Hills, Elk lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh.

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