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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Lawrence Issues Statement on Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

October 27, 2018
Press Release

October 27, 2018 | Press Release


Washington, DC –  Today, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), released a statement about the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.


“My heart breaks for the families of those killed today at the synagogue in Pittsburgh and I’m praying for the speedy recovery of those injured.


It is both disheartening and unacceptable how hate is being spread across our country today. Hatred and antisemitism are not American values. I’m reaching out to my Michigan congressional colleagues from both parties so that we can take a concerted, bipartisan stand.


This violence must be stopped. We must have protections for all people of this country, including families in places of worship. I’m reaching out to our Jewish community leaders and our Oakland County Sheriff, to ensure safety precautions are in place for the many synagogues throughout my district and to reaffirm my commitment to tackle antisemitism in our midst.


Our Detroit region’s rich religious diversity is one of our strengths. I will continue to embrace that religious diversity, and keep working to ensure it brings us together and never tears us apart. The Constitution of the United States and the First Amendment enshrines freedom of religion and freedom of assembly; I took a solemn oath to uphold and protect those freedoms and I reaffirm that commitment.”