FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2014
DEARBORN, Mich.-- ACCESS, the largest Arab American nonprofit human services agency in the United States, condemns the murder of three people in a shooting attack at U.S. Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kan. that took place on Sunday, April 13.
“It is with profound regret that we extend our sincere thoughts to the victims’ families,” said Hassan Jaber, executive director of ACCESS. “We denounce this act of hate and stand in solidarity with the Jewish community. Hate does not distinguish between race, color, religion or sexual orientation. We must work together to take on hate and violence in our country.”
According to the Associated Press, a 73-year-old Missouri man opened fire at a Jewish community center and retirement community on Sunday, killing three people — including a teenager and his grandfather — as part of what police are calling a premeditated hate crime.
Grounded in the Arab American tradition of hospitality, ACCESS has a 43-year history of providing health, education, employment and social services in greater Detroit to empower people to lead healthy, informed, productive lives. Today, ACCESS extends that mission to a national platform through advocacy, arts, culture and philanthropy. Visit us online atwww.accesscommunity.org.