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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
LOCAL 1150 UNION HALL
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Dear Members, Allies and Friends,
We greet you with a heavy heart, mourning the loss of our sibling O'Shae Sibley whose life was tragically cut short in an unfathomable episode of violence. We stand today, united in our grief, and refuse to stay silent in the face of such atrocities - acts that continue to tear at the fabric of our loving and resilient community.
O'Shae's life mattered, as does every member of our LGBTQ+ family. This intolerable act of hate has delivered an acute reminder of the relentless confrontations our community endures daily. We must underpin that this is not an isolated event, but a direct result of the proliferating anti-LGBTQ+ bills and adverse Supreme Court decisions which contribute to creating a toxic environment of heightened hatred and violence against us.
Our community is under attack, and it is becoming exceedingly apparent that the rights we have fought so long and fiercely for are at risk, coercing us back into shadows we’ve tirelessly worked to step out of.
However, we unequivocally refuse to succumb to fear, to hate or to retreat. Our strength lies in unity, and our power is amplified by every voice that joins us in our cause. We urge each and every one of you to stand firm, to continue being visible, vocal advocates for our rights, safety, and dignity.
We must address that this hateful narrative cannot be combated through reciprocation. From deep within our shared pain, we make a clarion call to our nation, emphasizing that hate cannot and will not be remedied with more hatred. Love and understanding are, and always will be, the antidote to prejudice and oppression. So, let us band together, showing our resilience and resolve as we mend and protect the society in which we live.
In O'Shae's memory and the countless others lost to hate crimes, we persist. We persist in the pursuit of justice, the promotion of love, and the endeavor to create a world where every person can live openly, without fear, and authentically.
Continue to love boldly, live fiercely, and stand unyielding. Our hearts may be heavy, but they are also full - full of the love that will carry us forward, honor those we've lost and eventually, vanquish the hate that still dares to divide us.
In grace and solidarity,
President, 1150 Pride LGBTQ+ Caucus
Northeastern Director, Teamsters LGBTQ IBT Caucus