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Spate of Violence Prompts ASAE Statement

PIA condemns this violence, which has no place in our country.
October 30, 2018

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has issued a statement condemning violence as authorities continue to investigate a wave of pipe bombs mailed to prominent political figures and celebrities. The statement is also being circulated in the wake of the weekend terrorist attack in which a man shouting anti-Semitic slurs opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue, killing 11 worshippers and wounding four police officers and two others.

PIA condemns this violence, which has no place in our country.

Here is the statement from ASAE President and CEO John Graham condemning political violence:

“Political violence and intimidation have no place in our democracy, which provides equal protections of human rights, civil liberties and political freedom for all people. The rule of law must always prevail and civility and respect for differences of opinion and thought must return to our public discourse.

“Associations have always embraced these basic tenets: that we have common interests, we respect and value the opinions of all, and we work together to find solutions to problems we face as a nation. Regardless of our individual political beliefs, we have a responsibility to each other to condemn violence or the threat of violence and accept that our differences do not detract from our shared purpose. In fact, our differences are what makes us stronger.”

 

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