Workers World Pride Month Forum
Blame the system for Orlando attack!
Saturday, June 25, 5:00 PM
5920 Second Ave., Detroit 48202 (north of Wayne State U.)
West Philly Catholic High School basketball team.
In the early morning hours of June 12 a shooter opened gunfire during the Latin night at the Pulse club in Orlando, resulting in the deaths of 49 people and leaving 53 injured. All over the world mass numbers of people have publicly demonstrated their solidarity with the message “we are all Orlando. While initially ignoring that the attack targeted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, the big business media has begun crafting a narrative that fortifies the U.S.’s imperialist wars — at home and abroad — targeting people in the Middle East and followers of Islam. The greatest proponents of terrorism, however, are the U.S. capitalist government and the Pentagon.
This tragedy comes at a time when anti-LGBTQ terror has been heightened by the passage of anti-trans legislation. On March 23, after Charlotte passed an ordinance that would have protected trans people from discrimination, the North Carolina General Assembly fast-tracked House Bill 2, which banned such ordinances. Within 12 hours, the bill was passed and enthusiastically signed by right-wing Gov. Pat McCrory. There are over 40 anti-trans bills being considered in 16 states. Michigan State Senator Casperson has introduced a bill that would endanger trans children and youth by forcing them to use school bathrooms that coincide with the sex they were assigned at birth.
Whether it takes the form of mass murder or reactionary legislation, only a mass, grass-roots movement can push back bigotry. Trans people of color in North Carolina are leading the fight against HB2 and have stepped forward in solidarity with Orlando. Come learn about the resistance.
Guest Speaker: Loan Tran
Loan Tran is a queer and gender non-conforming organizer from North Carolina. They have been part of the on the ground struggle against HB2 (Hate Bill 2), that targets trans people and workers. They are a member of the Durham branch of Workers World Party and organize with high school students to dismantle the school to prison pipeline.
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