Orlando Solidarity Statement

Added on by SCOR UMich.

SCOR (Students of Color of Rackham) stand in solidarity with the Queer, Latinx, Black, and Muslim communities following the tragedy in Orlando. We are joined in our solidarity statement by the Multicultural Leadership Council, which is comprised of over one dozen other student organizations at the University of Michigan, including SCOR.

In Peace and Love, 
SCOR

 

"We, the Multicultural Leadership Council (MLC), extend our strength and our solidarity to the Queer, Latinx, Black, and Muslim communities affected by the horrific shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. This attack was one of targeted hate, intended to further oppress and persecute Queer people and people of color. While the inhumanity of this attack is staggering, we realize it was many decades in the making, as it was guided by institutionalized and pervasive forms of homophobia, transphobia, and racism built into the fabric of American society. 

We stand with the Queer Latinx community, who was directly targeted by violence at Pulse nightclub’s Latin night -- a space presumed to be safe for those at the intersection of these identities. The victims of the attack were Queer people of color, folks of Puerto Rican descent, undocumented and working class -- marginalized groups already subject to structural and state violence.

We oppose any attempt to reframe this tragedy through a lens of Islamophobia. We stand with the Muslim community and recognize the harm that the current media framing causes to Queer Muslims specifically.

We amplify the voices of Queer, Trans, Latinx, Muslim, Black, and Brown individuals, who face continued erasure by the news media, public officials, and those attempting to co-opt this tragedy for their own misguided political agendas. We are against using this attack to justify more violence; further militarizing the police, increasing access to guns, and escalating the “war on terror” only causes more harm to communities of color and fails to honor those who lost their lives in Orlando.

We recognize that the  communities directly affected by the shooting have a long history of organized resistance against the systems of oppression that made the attack in Orlando possible. We understand that hate crimes disproportionately affect target Queer and transgender people, particularly those from communities of color. We share their demands to end transphobia, homophobia, misogyny, and racism.

We honor the 49 lives that were lost that night by listening and learning from the communities they come from and by following their lead in our shared struggle for the right to safety and human dignity. The MLC reaffirms its commitment to stand alongside Queer communities of color united in our efforts for equity and inclusion on campus, and for human rights and safety on campus and beyond. We will not let the 49 lives lost in Orlando be forgotten, and we fight together to ensure that Queer, Latinx, Brown, Black, and other marginalized communities can be safe whether in a club, church, or classroom. Everyone has a right to thrive in this country.  

We encourage all those in need to seek support. There is strength in reaching out and talking to friends and family during times of uncertainty. The University of Michigan also offers a number of resources and safe spaces that are highly relevant during this time, including the Spectrum Center, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Dean of Students Office (DOS), the Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR), the Office of Multi-ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), and the Trotter Multicultural Center. Contact information for these organizations are below.

In solidarity,

The Multicultural Leadership Council
Multi Ethnic Information Exchange (MIX)
Students of Color of Rackham
The Network for SPhDiversity at the School of Public Health
Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and the Sciences (FEMMES)
Black Student Psychological Association
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)"

 


University of Michigan Resources:

Spectrum Center
3200 Michigan Union
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
734-763-4186
Spectrumcenter.umich.edu

Counseling and Psychological Services
3100 Michigan Union
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
734-764-8312
Caps.umich.edu

Dean of Students Office
3000 Michigan Union
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
734-764-7420
Deanofstudents.umich.edu

The Program on Intergroup Relations
1214 S. University Ave, 2nd Floor, Suite B
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
734-936-1875
igr.umich.edu/

The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs
2202 Michigan Union
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
734-763-9044
mesa.umich.edu

The Trotter Multicultural Center
1443 Washtenaw Ave
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
743-763-3670
TrotterMC@umich.edu