ASAAL stands in solidarity to mourn the victims of Pulse gay night club

ASAAL stands in solidarity to mourn the victims of Pulse gay night club

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The Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL) stands in solidarity with millions of Americans to mourn the victims of the Pulse gay night club shooting in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. To all those who suffered the loss of a loved one or suffered a serious injury our thoughts and prayers are with you.“No human being should ever die or be harmed in any way due to their race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Everyone living in this great country should be treated with respect and dignity and be allowed to live their lives in peace and harmony with their fellow man”, said ASAAL Founder and President Maf Misbah Uddin.
We stress that the action of one disturbed individual does not in any way, shape or form represent the entire Muslim Community. Indeed Islam is a religion of peace and emphasizes love and tolerance towards their fellow man. We reject the term “Radical Islamism” as Donald Trump and others have used. We should all reject any language that scapegoats the Muslim Community, fuels anti-Muslim bigotry and leads to policies and behaviors that will produce violence against certain religions, communities of color, and the LGBT community.
ASAAL stands shoulder to shoulder with everyone who is against demonizing entire communities and denounces all acts of racism, Islamophobia, homophobia and xenophobia.
It is sad to say that last Sunday’s horrible shooting was not an isolated incident. There have been numerous mass shootings and hate crimes all over America. To mention a few: at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, a 26-year-old man opened fire on October 1, 2015 that left 10 people dead and 7 wounded; On June 18, 2015 a white man opened fire in a black church, in Charleston, South Carolina, killing 9 people during a prayer meeting; On April 13, 2014, a lone gunman killed a total of 3 people in Jewish Community /Retirement Centers both located in Overland Park, Kansas; On December 14, 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members; On August 5, 2012, a massacre took place at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where 40-year-old Wade Michael Page fatally shot 6 people and wounded 4 others; On July 20, 2012, a mass shooting occurred inside of a Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado where 12 people were killed and 70 others were injured.
The solution of this very complex, psychopathic, hate mongering national issue can’t be overcome by blaming a religious group. Rather we must address the open secret issue we face! There are simply too many guns especially assault weapons on the street that are easily available to someone who may be mentally unstable or prone to violence. We call on President Barack Obama and the Congress to strengthen our gun control laws, bolster background checks and encourage strong federal enforcement of the existing gun laws we already have in the land.
ASAAL remains vigilant and wholeheartedly dedicated in forming a community where all people can live without fear of being targeted for their faith, their color, or their sexual orientation. When we are together we are stronger and we call for all political, religious, and civic leaders to unite against prejudice and violence directed at any group, in any place.-news desk

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