CAPAC Chair Statement on Orlando Shooting

Jun 14, 2016 Issues: Civil Rights

Washington, DC – On Sunday, 49 individuals were murdered and dozens more severely injured in a shooting at the Pulse LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), released the following statement in reaction to this tragic event:

“This tragedy is beyond horrifying. I am heartbroken by the senseless brutality and hatred that cut short and forever changed so many lives in Orlando this weekend. We shed tears for the loss of life in the LGBT community, which across this nation includes Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) as well as those from the American Muslim communities. Although many questions remain to be answered, we cannot allow terror and hate to divide us. The AAPI community stands in solidarity with our LGBT brothers and sisters throughout the country during this difficult time. We will continue to remember those who have passed during LGBT Pride Month, with a renewed commitment to combating prejudice, hate, and violence whenever it occurs.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.