May 2017 General Meeting: Gag Orlando (Lgbtq+ Against Guns)

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May 2017 General Meeting: Gag Orlando (Lgbtq+ Against Guns)
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GAG Orlando says
Our general member meeting for May 2017 will take place on Sunday, May 7 from 3:30-5pm at the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida (946 N. Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803).

GAG Orlando (LGBTQ+ Against Guns) seeks to honor the victims and survivors of the Pulse hate crime through community organizing and direct action that is intersectional and social justice-centered. The Central Florida chapter also continues to carry forth the tenants of the #sitinforthe49 protests from the Summer of 2016.

We stand by the following statement crafted then by the Orlando Solidarity Coalition:

"Opportunist political leaders have offered meaningless platitudes and political pandering in response to unspeakable violence. At best, politicians propose “No Fly No Buy” legislation that employs racial profiling and fails to address the most urgent needs of marginalized communities. We demand a comprehensive platform to address gun safety, equality, and community violence:

Gun Safety: Gun manufacturers and the gun lobby generate profits from tragedies. Lawmakers must reject financial contributions from the NRA, implement universal background checks to close jarring loopholes, enact legislation making it a crime to knowingly import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon or large capacity ammunition-feeding device, and allow federal research on gun violence.

Equality: LGBTQ+ people of color are more likely to be the victims of hate crimes than any other minority group. The Pulse Nightclub massacre impacted those who suffer from discrimination, poverty wages, and an unjust immigration system. We demand not only an end to hateful rhetoric and policies that perpetuate racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, and xenophobia; but the passage of a fully-inclusive national LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination law and comprehensive immigration reform.

Community Violence: It is time to end the senseless and systematic murder of unarmed black and brown people at the hands of law enforcement. Lawmakers must end police brutality, develop a transparent database of law enforcement activity, repeal mandatory-minimums for nonviolent drug offenses, and institute after-school programs, living-wage jobs, and accessible higher education to cultivate brighter futures in our communities."
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By: GAG Orlando

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