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Pulse Massacre Day Of Remembrance

By Charlotte Robinson, June 12, 2017
In honor of the first day of remembrance of the June 12th 2016 massacre at the LGBTQ nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida 59 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, American Muslim & Latin organizations released the following statement. The statement was convened by national civil rights organizations including Muslim Advocates, the National LGBTQ Task Force, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) & the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC): “One year ago, in the aftermath of the Orlando tragedy, we came together in grief, in unity & in solidarity with the Orlando community & millions of people everywhere, to condemn this act of hate violence & affirm that love conquers hate. That senseless act struck at the heart of the LGBTQ & Latin communities, families & close friends & at the core of one of our nation’s greatest strengths: our diversity. The ensuing backlash against the American Muslim community led to hate speech & violence, shootings & mosque vandalism that claimed even more victims. The acts of kindness that followed also illustrated that, even in our darkest moments & despite the repeated attempts to use fear to further divide us, time & time again, the people of this country come together to console & support those in need. As we remember those we lost & their families, we renew our commitment to honor them with action by protecting one another & our country’s ideals of freedom, liberty & equality under the law for all people. This day of remembrance comes during LGBTQ Pride Month & the holy month of Ramadan. As we reflect on the past year, we are deeply concerned about the direction of our country including efforts to divide Americans from one another by demonizing & scapegoating many of our communities but we are also proud of the millions of Americans of all faiths, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities & backgrounds who continue to rebuff those attempts by stepping up to defend our highest ideals. We have been reminded countless times that a threat against any one community is a threat against all of us, and that we must take notice & action. As our communities resist a massive rollback of civil rights protections at the state and federal level & a rising tide of hate violence, we stand together ever stronger, ever braver & ever more resolute to resist these attacks & move forward with love & acceptance for all.”
To honor & support the victims & survivors….
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1 comment:

Marilyn Rosen said...

Thank you Charlotte for sharing this remembrance and statement that it is all for one and one for all in order to unify and resist the hostile forces at work.

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