Honoring the victims of Pittsburgh synagogue attack

Dear fellow King County employee,

On Saturday morning we woke to the terrible news that 11 innocent people had been killed by a gunman in a hate-filled anti-Semitic attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue.

We grieve for those who lost their lives celebrating their faith among family and friends. We stand with the people who lost loved ones and the entire city of Pittsburgh.

This horrifying event is another tragic reminder that we can no longer accept the status quo. When not even our places of worship are safe from gun violence – not our schools, our malls, our movie theaters – we know we must act. We must stand up to hate and intolerance, and stand up for those who have had their lives brutally taken.

King County is a welcoming place that values all people. We embrace diversity – of people, beliefs, backgrounds, and religions. We celebrate what makes us different because it is what makes us special. We will fight to protect our diversity, our rights and freedoms, and the fundamental American ideal that all are created equal.

To honor the 11 victims of this attack, I have ordered flags at all King County facilities lowered from now through the close of business Wednesday.

If you would like to speak with someone about how this event makes you feel, you can access two free services that offer professional support and advice: the Employee Assistance Program and Making Life Easier. Both resources are free and confidential.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Dow Constantine
King County Executive