In the last week we have witnessed so many acts of violence that it makes us weep in despair and anger, but as Mother Jones told us, “mourn the dead, and fight like hell for the living.” In that, the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh has shown us the way. Their solidarity and support for refugees attempting to come to the United States are virtues we must all seek to emulate.
The mass shooting in Pittsburgh was carried out by a white nationalist motivated by both anti-Semitism and anti-immigrant ideology. We respond in solidarity and support for those targeted by anti-Semitism, all religious intolerance, and anti-immigrant hatred. We recognize that this is one fight, whether it takes place in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, at a march in Charlottesville, or at the border in Texas.
In the last two years the fear and hatred that led to the mailing of pipe bombs to political figures, to the shooting of unarmed black men by police, to the mass murder of those at temple in Pittsburgh have been fueled by the hate-filled rhetoric of Donald Trump. Chants of “Lock her up,” mocking a disabled reporter, attacking transgender people, and suggesting that immigrants to the United States are murderers and rapists have encouraged his followers and others on the right to take the horrific actions we have just seen.
And the rise of right-wing violence is occurring not only in the United States, but around the world. The murder of Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents, the rise of the right in Europe, and the election of Bolonasaro in Brazil all demonstrate the increasing threat of fascism.
We in DSA are committed to fighting against this and to continue our struggle in solidarity with all those committed to a just, sane, and peaceful world.