ECAASU Grieves Victims of White Supremacist Shootings

Official Statement
October 31st, 2018

Press Contact: 
Miru Osuga, 

ECAASU Grieves Victims of White Supremacist Shootings

PITTSBURGH, PA— We deeply mourn the lives lost on Saturday, October 27th at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) condemns the hate and evil that killed 11 Jewish Americans and injured several more on Shabbat morning. We remember the names of those we have lost: Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, and Irving Younger. We want to affirm that the white supremacy and anti-semitism that spurred this white male shooter to take innocent lives have no place in our understanding of humanity.

In this moment of great sorrow, we also grieve the two Black victims, Maurice E. Stallard and Vickie Lee Jones, murdered by another white supremacist man last Wednesday in Louisville, Kentucky at a Krogers grocery store. These acts of brutal racism and anti-semitism are connected. They are part of a larger structure that entangles systems of white supremacy with a false belief that our communities can overcome oppression by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. This framework ignores the connections between violence in marginalized religious communities and racial communities as violence against all marginalized groups. But we recognize this. Though we may hurt and heal differently, we do it together.

We encourage you to join us in uplifting the Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh campaign. This effort is providing funds for funeral costs and medical bills for victims of the Tree of Life shooting and continued interfaith solidarity building between Jewish and Muslim communities. We also encourage you to join us in uplifting a fundraiser for the family of Vickie Lee Jones.

We hope that this solidarity brings us closer to justice.

Run solely by volunteers, The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to inspire, educate, and empower those interested in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues.

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View the statement as a pdf here.