Synagogue Shooting

People asked to #FightHateForGood in honor of Tree of Life victims

PITTSBURGH — A new online campaign asks Americans to fight hate for good in memory of the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

The national campaign launched by the Anti-Defamation League urges people to participate in one meaningful act in the coming days as the one-year commemoration of the Oct. 27, 2018, attack nears.

Eleven people were killed in the attack on three congregations -- Congregation Dor Hadash, New Light Congregation and Tree of Life -- at the synagogue.

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People who participate in the campaign are asked to share their actions on social media using the hashtag #FightHateForGood.

ADL offered the following 11 suggestions of how to take action to honor the lives lost:

  1. Memorialize the 11 lives lost by signing up to take part in Pause with Pittsburgh -- a collective virtual moment of unity and remembrance -- at 5 p.m. Sunday, October 27.
  2. Volunteer with your favorite organization.
  3. Support Pittsburgh and remember those lost by attending a memorial event in your community.
  4. Send a message of solidarity by visiting the Pittsburgh October 27 website.
  5. Talk to young people about the consequences of hate.
  6. Host a Shabbat dinner or gathering using Shabbat Table Talk: Remembering 10/27/18 to reflect on the events of last year.
  7. Learn how you can help stop the spread of hate online by reporting it directly to social media platforms using the ADL's Cyber Safety Action Guide.
  8. Report incidents of anti-Semitism to ADL and/or local law enforcement.
  9. Advocate against hate by signing a petition urging Congress to enact the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act and the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act.
  10. Join the fight against online hate by signing the Backspace Hate petition and encouraging government action.
  11. Make a difference by reaching out to your local ADL office to learn how you can get involved.