Survivors, Faith, Community Leaders Rally for Action 2 Years After Orlando Attack at Pulse Nightclub

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June 12, 2018

 

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Survivors, Faith, Community Leaders Rally for Action 2 Years After Orlando Attack at Pulse Nightclub

Activists highlight gun safety, LGBTQ+ equality, and survivor resources in wake of political inaction

 

 

Orlando, FL - On Monday, June 11, Pulse and Parkland survivors joined community and faith leaders to rally and honor the victims killed due to mass shootings. The rally called on lawmakers for action to end the epidemic of gun violence, reject NRA influence and address the forgotten needs of the community two years after a horrific mass shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub on Latin Night in Orlando left 49 people dead.

 

Six hundred and twelve days passed between Pulse and Parkland while Governor Rick Scott did nothing to reduce gun violence. His promise to take executive action to protect LGBTQ+ state workers from discrimination was broken and mental health funding for Central Florida was slashed.

 

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida State Representative:

"612 days passed between Pulse and Parkland while Governor Rick Scott did nothing to reduce gun violence. His promise to take executive action to protect LGBTQ state workers from discrimination was broken and mental health funding for Central Florida was slashed. Two years later, we renew our calls to honor them with action through advocacy and political activism to ensure all communities, including the most marginalized, are kept safe from gun violence and that the memories of those lost to the epidemic are never forgotten. "

 

Rev. Stanley Ramos, Joy Metropolitan Community Church:

"Tonight we observe a loss in my community. Too many times it is overlooked that so many of the 49 victims of the Pulse massacre that it was brown and black lives that were sacrificed on the altar night. It was machaca music that was interrupted by the ringing of all those bullets. So tonight we honor the 49 LGBTQ and black and brown lives and we will honor them with action."

 

Rev. Terri Steed Pierce, Joy Metropolitan Community Church:

“My faith informs me that justice and equality are things of God. LGBT people should be protected where housing and employment are concerned. We honor those who were lost at Pulse with this type of Holy, helpful, healing action. When I search my heart, I believe we’re all called to respect the fundamental dignity of all people and not just those who look and love like us. When we do that, we are truly living our faith.”

 

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