McClinton responds to mass murder in Pittsburgh

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, issued the following statement in response to the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday:

“I want to thank law enforcement and first responders for quickly coming to the aid of those trapped in this terrifying situation.

“The victims of this tragedy and their families are with all of us in our thoughts and prayers. We grieve for our fellow Pennsylvanians, and are here for them offering any support or assistance they might need.

“When I was 18 years old, I went to Auschwitz while on a college trip and saw firsthand the remnants of two concentration camps. I remember feeling afraid and truly concerned about preventing this type of hate from ever happening again. Last weekend, my worst fears were realized right here in America, and within my own state.

“As an African American woman who has had to deal with the realities of racism and discrimination, I am more compelled than ever to unite with the Jewish community to fight anti-Semitism and intolerance, whatever form it may take.

“My colleagues and I in the Pennsylvania House and Senate will fight for laws that create a safe place where all people can work, go to school and worship with peace of mind.

“By working together and joining forces, we can support our law enforcement and local communities to create a safer environment for all marginalized groups. Whether it be a person’s race, religion, who they love or how they identify, we all must respect the humanity of every person, no matter what our differences might be.”

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CONTACT: Daniel Bixler
House Democratic Communications Office
Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221
Email:
dbixler@pahouse.net