The article discusses the amazing outpouring of inter-faith support following the October 27 shooting. It also covers Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence, Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh and the beautiful support Jewish and Christian neighbors provided to our Muslim brothers and sisters after the attack in Christchurch, NZ.
"Several members of Dor Hadash, the local Reconstructionist congregation, founded a new, non-sectarian organization, Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence, to advocate for stricter gun control laws.
“We felt we had an imperative to act in response to the horror of the attack. We were all deeply shaken, and our response reflected our values as Reconstructionist Jews. We believe that social action means just that – that we must take action, and if we ever needed to work with all our hearts and energy for tikkun olam, it was then,” Carolyn Ban, one of the founders, wrote in an email, adding, “Quite simply, we didn’t want any other community to suffer what we had just gone through.”
Referring to the slogan of defeating hate adopted by the city, she wrote: “I personally don’t think ‘defeat hate’ is a practical goal. We can’t change human nature – but we can change the laws.” Goals include banning the sale of assault rifles on the state and national levels, and making it more difficult for people who are an obvious threat to themselves or others to buy weapons."
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