A statement from the Local Union on the tragedy in Orlando

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June 13, 2016

UFCW Locals 175 & 633 condemn the horrific act of violence against the LGBTQ community that took place in Orlando this past weekend.

This weekend’s events are particularly difficult to comprehend for the brutality and the overwhelming loss of life and injuries. Plus, it took place as many communities across Canada are celebrating Pride.

“This tragedy may have happened across the border, but we have to recognize that there is still a lot of hate, discrimination and intolerance in our world regardless of where we live,” said UFCW Local 175 President Shawn Haggerty. “And while this, no doubt, reminds us of the darkness humans are capable of, it also highlights the incredible strength and resolve of the good people in this world and the necessity to continue the fight for equality and acceptance for all.”

It has been very troubling, as well, to read the many ill-informed and hateful reactions to this tragedy that have vilified the Muslim community — as though the acts of this one troubled, hateful person somehow represents the beliefs of an entire faith.

We, as citizens of a global community, must rise above hate as a reaction to hate.

Using the acts of one person to further a racist, Islamophobic agenda is cowardly and small-minded, and really only serves to point out how weak their stance truly is.

As a Local Union we stand for inclusiveness, tolerance, and human rights for all. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community and send our deepest condolences to all the families affected by this tragedy.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.