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Orlando Statement

June 14, 2016

Today, in Milwaukee and across this country, we grieve the horrific massacre of dozens in the LGBT community, who were targeted and gunned down in Orlando, Florida.

The City of Milwaukee - Equal Rights Commission is committed to staying united and unwavering with prayer and support for the victims, their families and friends. They will need the strength of everyone, including their neighbors to get through this.

Condolences are often not enough. This would be one of those times.

The LGBT community, like so many others, is targeted with discrimination and extreme acts of violence.

We must mourn these innocent lives lost.

We must collectively stand up to and for those who wish harm unto others.

We must also continue to protect everyone from discrimination and other horrific acts.

Now is a time for healing but also reflection. With Milwaukee PrideFest having just passed, we reflect in order to give thanks for this celebration of pride and freedom.

The Equal Rights Commission is steadfast in its mission of combatting discrimination and hatred in the city while also working to promote acceptance and most importantly, equality, which also means safety.  

We will work tirelessly with other local, state, and human rights groups as well as other key commissions, elected officials, and law enforcement entities to make this a reality.

Our sincerest hope and pride,

The Equal Rights Commission

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