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Shooting in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh #neveragain

You may have heard already about the shooting at a the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. I’m pretty familiar with the neighborhood. I lived in there as a student. It’s a Jewish area of the city. Beautiful. Close to CMU and Pitt. I’m really shocked and upset by this. Rabid and violent anti-semitism is NOT a Pittsburgh value. Our city song is “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” and everyday, I see thousands and thousands of Pittsburghers living that song. It’s one of the friendliest cities in the country. It’s progressive, diverse, environmentally conscience. All the good things.

We are not like this.

The governor, Tom Wolf, is headed here. And we are represented by Mike Doyle, the Net Neutrality champion. I trust that they will bring sanity to this awful situation.

Meanwhile, remember the residents of Squirrel Hill, whose ancestors migrated here from pogroms in Eastern Europe, who survived the holocaust and discrimination in Soviet Russia to find safety and sanctuary in beautiful Squirrel Hill. This shooting is unacceptable. #neveragain.


We still don’t know how many fatalities there were. We hear 8-10 but the people in charge are not confirming that number. They’re grim. It’s not a good sign.

Meanwhile, Governor Wolf issued this tweet a little while ago: