Speaking Justice to Power

Local Pittsburgh Scholars Respond to the Tree of Life Shooting

 

img_20181030_170418EDITORIAL INTRODUCTION: LIVING IN PITTSBURG IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE TREE OF LIFE SHOOTINGS – Heath Cabot

The shooting that took place on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, at the Tree of Life Synagogue, (home to three congregations), leaving eleven people dead, was the largest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history. The attack, like most unspeakable events, was almost immediately coopted into larger debates unfolding on national and global scales and diverse political agendas…

 

RESPONSE TO THE TREE OF LIFE SHOOTING – Jay D. Aronson fall 2018 f2954

Since Columbine, Americans have grown unsettlingly accustomed to mass shootings. We know what to expect from politicians, the media, and gun-control and gun rights advocates. More recently, especially since the Sandy Hook and Parkland school shootings, we have seen activists—mothers and students in particular—trying to break through the predictability to create lasting political change…

 

img_20181030_171938389ON THE POLITICS OF REFLECTION – Michael Goodhart

On the afternoon of 30 October 2018 I left my office—late—to attend what had been described to me as a “rally” or a “protest” to coincide with President Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh in connection with the terrorist attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue carried out three days earlier.  I was furious that he was coming…

 

ON NOT TEACHING FAST ENOUGH, FAR ENOUGH – Lara Putnam 32353800304_2ed2c5b704_o

This summer I was asked by the United Steelworkers to give a talk on Central American migration to union leaders gathered from across the country for ongoing education in Pittsburgh. As the family separation crisis at the border engineered by the Trump administration intensified the topic became ever more timely…