PITTSBURGH, PA (January 26, 2021) Mayor William Peduto and all members of Pittsburgh City Council today approved a resolution in conjunction with the Anti-Defamation League condemning the insurrection against the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and all domestic terror actions in the country.
The resolution calls on all residents to reject extremism and disinformation, and to uphold democratic values, particularly in response to hate crimes such as the 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, which was the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history.
City Council members Corey O’Connor and Erika Strassburger, who represent Squirrel Hill, were the prime sponsors of the resolution with Mayor Peduto.
The resolution says in part: “the Mayor and the Council of City of Pittsburgh are hereby committed to countering hate, extremism, misinformation, and disinformation through engagement with community leaders, governmental transparency, and public information-sharing regarding efforts to fight extremism, and through the investigation and prosecution of those who commit criminal acts in a manner that is consistent with civil liberties protections;
and . . . the Mayor and Council of the City of Pittsburgh do hereby urge Pittsburgh’s residents, institutions, and corporations to join us in adopting anti-extremist values, condemning and rejecting misinformation, disinformation, hate, and extremism in all forms, and calling attention to these harms to keep us all safe.”