The Caucus Releases a Statement on Recent Acts of Violence

July 8, 2016 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Information:

Fran Watson, President

(832) 736-7597

franshenekaj@gmail.com

The Caucus Releases a Statement on Recent Acts of Violence

             HOUSTON, TEXAS- The Houston GLBT Political Caucus is devastated by the events that have unfolded over the past four weeks.  During this time, America has been overwhelmed with the news of shocking fatalities.  It started in early June in Orlando with a mass shooting at a gay nightclub, leaving 49 victims dead and 53 injured.  We then moved to Baton Rouge and Minneapolis, where in a span of 48 hours, videos emerged showing two black men killed by law enforcement.  One of the videos showed the victim restrained by police officers before shots were fired. Finally, we move to Dallas, where sniper gunfire killed five police officers in the line of duty during a peaceful #BlackLivesMatter protest.

            Members and allies of these communities are expressing hurt, pain, anger, and demands for justice. As an organization whose mission is to advance the rights of LGBTQIA people, we recognize LGBTQIA people exist in all these communities and are deeply affected by the tragedies.  The LGBTQIA community is not monolithic.  Latinx people exist in this community.  Black people exist in this community. Police officers exist in this community.  Our hearts go out to all who are affected.

            During this time, there may be an urge to point fingers. To divide.  To vilify movements and communities as a whole.  To use rhetoric that continues to perpetuate the stereotypes and injustices occurring in society.   Instead, we must stand together during our time of grieving, because the victims of these tragedies leave behind loved ones and a reminder that there is still work to do.

           A larger conversation and movement eradicticating systems of oppression, marginalization, and hate that lead to these types of tragedies must take place.  The Caucus is committed to the community and being a part of the larger conversation and movement. 

           Therefore, we call on our elected officials to hold local, state, and national summits bringing in community leaders, law enforcement, racial justice advocates, lawmakers, criminal justice reform advocates, social scientists, and pro-equality advocates to address the intricate issues and take action to end this cycle of violence and oppression.

    

          The Caucus meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.  The monthly meeting is held at the Montrose Center, Room 106, 401 Branard St.  Visitors are encouraged to attend the monthly meeting to learn more about the Caucus.  For more information about the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, Caucus events, or volunteer opportunities call 713-521-1000, email info@thecaucus.org, or visit our web site at www.thecaucus.org

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commented 2016-07-09 19:44:28 -0500 · Flag
This speaks for me. Well written.