“We will honor the victims by fighting for a world where the anti-semitism, xenophobia and racism that fuels today’s politics are confronted and replaced with love and freedom for all.”
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sheridan Aguirre | firstname.lastname@example.org | 202.793.2267
Washington, DC – In the last week, our nation has been rocked by hate-fueled violence. Undocumented youth of United We Dream want to express our deepest condolences to the families and communities whose loved ones were so brutally taken from us in the murders at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh.
Bruna Bouhid, DACA recipient and Senior Communications Manager at United We Dream, issued the following statement:
“When I was 14-years-old, my friend Ben invited me to Shabbat service. Growing up Catholic, I had never been to a Synagogue before and I was little nervous to experience something new.
But what I experienced that night stayed with me forever. I was welcomed with open arms and I felt at home. Over the years, I’ve gone back to Shabbat services because listening to the prayers makes me feel at peace.
Today, I feel heartbroken knowing that the peace at the Tree of Life Congregation was so brutally shaken.
I am also shaken because it seems that from guns to bombs to ICE agents – those who hate us are trying to take away any space where we are safe and where we feel peace.
And I am angry that when neo-Nazis marched through Charlottesville chanting anti-Jewish, anti-immigrant, anti-Black and anti-gay slogans; when they murdered Heather Hayer; the President of the United States downplayed it, falsely blamed “both sides” and has openly called for violence over and over again.
We know that through their acts of violence and their words of violence, those who promote hatred want us to feel so shaken that we give up.
So while we mourn those who were murdered in Pittsburg because of hate, we are also lifted up by the deep love and solidarity expressed by the Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders who were arrested in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience to protect immigrant youth from deportation during the Dream Act campaign.
We will honor those whose lives were taken by telling the truth and we will honor them by fighting for a world where the anti-semitism, xenophobia and racism that fuels today’s politics are confronted and replaced with love, freedom and justice for all.”
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 500,000 members, five branches with over 100 affiliate organizations across 28 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States. You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org.