LULAC Joins America in Mourning Synagogue Shooting

Nation’s Largest Civil Rights Organization Call for Day of Peace from Violence

Washington, DC – Domingo Garcia, National President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) issued the following statement following Saturday’s shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh:

“This is a day of grieving and of expressing our heartfelt condolences in the wake of a terrible hate crime committed in our nation. Innocent people gathering peacefully attending Shabbat have lost their lives at the hands of someone’s inexplicable anger and rage.

America’s places of worship, whether temples or synagogues, parishes or mosques ought to be our refuge of comfort, not places of threats and terror. These are our sacred spaces in America where we come together so that our spirits can be renewed and restored. Yet today, we witnessed that even here, there are those who with blind hatred seek to destroy one of the very cornerstones since our country’s founding, the freedom to worship freely and without fear.

Peaceful Americans deserve being able to close their eyes in prayer to God during worship service without the worry of a possible threat in their midst or one entering through their door. I call upon leaders of all faiths from all communities for a National Day of Peace from Violence --- in words, actions and even our thoughts --- to heal from the senseless hatred in our country today.

It is my heartfelt hope that we will come together in love to help the families from today’s tragedy and the loved ones of all other victims of gun violence across our great nation. May God Bless America.”

Contact: David Cruz (818) 689-9991 mobile

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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.

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