Human Rights Advocates Condemn Recent Shootings

Incidents Will Not Stop Until Hate Stops

October 29, 2018, New York – Today, in response to last week’s shootings at a Kroger in Jeffersontown, KY, and Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, PA, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement:

We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who were murdered and the communities that have been terrorized. These shootings are inextricable from the rising hate in this country—against Jews, people of color, immigrants, women, and LGBTQ people—constantly stoked by Donald Trump and other increasingly extremist political figures. They are also undeniably the result of easy access to guns, including assault weapons specifically designed to murder large numbers of people in very short amounts of time. These incidents will not stop until this country enacts effective gun control and stems the rising tide of racism, misogyny, and xenophobia. We must come together in deep collaboration toward the world we want, working to build a society where we can all live in dignity. It is not enough to prosecute the shooter for the crime; we must stop the collective hate.

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October 29, 2018