We cannot allow the events of yesterday to fan the flames of religious intolerance. Two vulnerable communities, the Muslim and LGBTQ communities are very much impacted here. The complicated intersections of race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity mean we must be mindful of our shared solidarity in seeking justice for all.
We will likely never know what drove the shooter to such a hateful act, but we do know that there are not enough mental health treatment services available to those who need them, and that guns are far too easily available in the United States. We hope desperately that their governments will come together to fix these problems. And that out of this horrible event will not come more hate — but instead a collective resolve to understand that “Love is Love” — and that it is much better and stronger than hate.
CUPE Ontario’s 258,000 members are in absolute solidarity with the millions of people all around the world who are choosing to respond to this atrocity by coming together in whatever forums they can to say: We will not allow fear and hate to win. We will live our lives with hope, tolerance and love.
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