FOLLOWING TERROR ATTACK AT NIGHT CLUB IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA, ELECTED OFFICIALS, LGBT AND MUSLIM COMMUNITY LEADERS STAND TOGETHER TO DENOUNCE VIOLENCE
Photo caption – left to right: Friends of Diversity Plaza Chair Shekar Krishnan, SUKHI NY Co-Founder Shazia Kausar (wearing scarf), Democratic District Leader Ellen Raffaele, Council Member Daniel Dromm, Public Advocate Letitia James gather for a vigil on Jackson Heights’ Diversity Plaza in the wake of yesterday’s mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.
Jackson Heights, NY, June 13, 2016 – Yesterday evening NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights, Elmhurst), NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-NYC), NYC Public Advocate Letitia James (D-NYC), NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer (D-NYC), Muslim Democratic Club of NYC President Ali Najmi, SUKHI NY President Agha Saleh, other elected officials, and Muslim and LGBT community leaders gathered at Jackson Heights’ Diversity Plaza to denounce violence in all its forms and pay their respects to the victims of the Orlando terror attack.
Early Sunday morning, a gunman killed 49 people and wounded over 50 others at Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
“I stand united with my Muslim and LGBT brothers and sisters to denounce this morning’s mass shooting in Orlando and hate in all its forms,”
“I’m absolutely heartbroken to learn of the horrific tragedy that took place in an Orlando nightclub earlier today and my thoughts and prayers are with victims’ families,” said Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx). “As our nation agonizes over yet another brutal, senseless act of violence, we must stand united and in particular with our LGBT community to denounce hate, attempts to instill fear within our communities, and any effort to undermine the values we hold dear as Americans.”
“To the families who have lost their loved ones, you are in our hearts and prayers. At a time like this, we must stand united in solidarity,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (D-Queens).
“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and friends of the Orlando terror attack,” said State Senator Jose Peralta (D-Queens).
“I am deeply disturbed by the shootings in Orlando that left 50 people dead,” Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Queens) said. “It pains me to see there is still hatred in the world, particularly after I recently attended this year’s Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights. So many people from around the city came together to support the LGBT community, but we cannot only show our support during parades and parties, we
“Our hearts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims of the deadly shooting in Orlando,” said NYC Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-Queens).
“As a New Yorker and American, I condemn this unspeakable act of hate targeting the LGBT community,” said Ali Najmi, president of the Muslim Democratic Club of NY.
The Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group issued the following statement: