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
A protege of Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered Lula & the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his NLRB settlement from being fired illegally for union organizing at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. The son of retired United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he was once described as an "abrasive gadfly" by the New York Times for his role in exposing sexual misconduct in the labor movement. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Email: [email protected]

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