For Immediate Release
Monday, June 13th, 2016
Thanu Yakupitiyage; New York Immigration Coalition
email@example.com; Office: 212-627-2227 x235; Cell: 413-687-5160
Coalition Expresses Condolences in Aftermath of Orlando Shooting
(New York, NY) On Sunday, communities across the country woke up to the shocking news of a mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando. Fifty people were killed and dozens more injured in what is one of the most deadly mass shootings in the history of the United States.
The following is a statement from the New York Immigration Coalition:
“We express our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting on Saturday night. The vast majority of the victims were part of the Latinx Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) community; many were also immigrants or from immigrant families, who came to the United States seeking opportunities for a better life. These intersecting communities have fought for decades to end the discrimination and stigma that leads to this type of violence.
“In the aftermath of this tragedy, we call on all of our communities to be united against hate during a month when both LGBTQI Pride has kicked off, and when the Muslim community observes Ramadan. In a time where divisive rhetoric, cheap political points and scapegoating have already saturated our discourse, we believe it more important than ever to stand in solidarity with Muslim communities, who will be vulnerable to sweeping accusations, harassment and physical violence in misguided efforts at retaliation.
“Despite our sorrow, we will redouble our efforts to fight intolerance and lift up acceptance, both for immigrants and for all of our communities touched by this tragedy.”
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The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fostering their leadership, and providing a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.