August 27, 2023

Jonny Levenfeld, West End Strategy Team, (202) 704-4535

Interfaith Leaders Mourn Jacksonville Victims, Demand Action Against Violent White Supremacy

WASHINGTON—After a white supremacist in Jacksonville shot and killed three Black people in what authorities are describing as a racist attack, national and Florida-based interfaith leaders are grieving for those impacted and imploring elected leaders to take action against the machinery of hate that enables these heinous crimes. Interfaith Alliance and Interfaith Alliance of Southwest Florida issued the following joint statement:

“We are mourning the precious lives lost this weekend to violent white supremacy, on the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington no less. Unfettered access to guns, paired with the continuing normalization of white supremacy and extremism, has paved the way for yet another devastating racially-motivated mass shooting.

“Armed with a military grade weapon covered in swastikas, the shooter deliberately targeted Black lives. Until our leaders act swiftly and deliberately against the scourge of racial violence and white nationalism that continues to plague this country, atrocities like this will continue to happen. Condemnations aren’t enough — we demand action.”

If you are interested in speaking further with representatives from Interfaith Alliance or Interfaith Alliance of Southwest Florida, please contact Jonny Levenfeld at (202) 704-4535 or

Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit