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  • 58 LGBT And Civil Rights Organizations Join Together In Support Of Michael Brown's Family

    Originally issued earlier this week with 17 signatories, a letter offering support to the family of Michael Brown has grown dramatically. Read the full letter and list of signatories here.

    A letter denouncing "fear, harassment and brutality" of people "simply because of who they are or how they look" now has been signed by 58 LGBT and civil rights organizations. Lamenting that "it is clearer than ever that there is something profoundly wrong in our country," the letter states that the "LGBT community stands with the family of Michael Brown, who was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri."

    The letter was first published on Tuesday afternoon with 17 signatories, but the count of LGBT and civil rights groups that have added their names to the list is now 58, and likely will continue to grow, especially as more news is being revealed about Brown's death.

    Brown was an 18-year old college-bound student who was gunned down by a police officer on Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri. He was unarmed and was shot multiple times. Some reports state his hands were in the air when he was shot. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the federal government will be investigating the shooting.

    Police late this morning finally released the name of the officer, and additional details about the incident, after several nights of protests and tear-gassing by police.

    "Advocacy organizations from every corner of the nation are standing with the community of the slain teenager," an HRC press release states. 

    Below the full text of the letter and all 58 signatories.

    When communities experience fear, harassment and brutality simply because of who they are or how they look, we are failing as a nation. In light of the recent events in Missouri, it is clearer than ever that there is something profoundly wrong in our country.

    The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community cannot be silent at this moment, because LGBT people come from all races, creeds, faiths and backgrounds, and because all movements of equality are deeply connected. We are all part of the fabric of this nation and the promise of liberty and justice for all is yet to be fulfilled.

    The LGBT community stands with the family of Michael Brown, who was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. We stand with the mothers and fathers of young Black men and women who fear for the safety of their children each time they leave their homes. We call on the national and local media to be responsible and steadfast in their coverage of this story and others like it--racialized killings that have marred this nation since the beginning of its history. We call on policy makers on all levels of American government not to shrink from action, and we are deeply grateful to Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for their immediate commitment to a thorough investigation.

    At this moment, we are inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies ... but the silence of our friends.”

    ACLU
    Advocates for Youth
    AIDS United
    AMBi – The Alliance of Multicultural Bisexuals Bay Area Bisexual Network
    BiNet USA
    Bisexual Organizing Project
    Bisexual Resource Center
    Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)
    Campus Pride
    Center for Black Equity, Inc.
    CenterLink
    COL AGE
    Courage Campaign
    Equality Federation
    Equality Hawaii
    Equality Maine
    Equality Michigan
    Equality North Carolina
    Equality New Mexico
    Equality Pennsylvania
    Equality Texas
    Family Equality Council
    Fairness Campaign (KY)
    Garden State Equality
    Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
    Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Georgia Equality
    GetEQUAL Nevada
    GLAAD
    GMHC

    GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI)
    Human Rights Campaign
    Immigration Equality
    Indiana Equality Action
    Lambda Legal
    MassEquality
    National Black Justice Coalition
    National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
    National Center for Transgender Equality
    National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects
    National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
    National Minority AIDS Council
    National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
    Nehirim
    One Colorado
    PFLAG National
    Pride at Work, AFL-CIO
    Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
    Soulforce
    Southerners on New Ground (SONG)
    Tennessee Equality Project
    The Equality Network (OK)
    Trans People of Color Coalition
    Transgender Law Center
    Trevor Project
    True Colors Fund 

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    • commented 2014-08-16 08:18:07 -0400
      Sick of the media sensationalizing this incident. Everyone playing Monday morning quarterback before any investigation has been concluded. People saying Brown is a victim. Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t. However, if the police account is true and Brown went for the officer’s weapon, you reap what you sow. And, the surveillance footage from the convenience store doesn’t exactly show Brown being a choirboy.

    • commented 2014-08-15 15:27:50 -0400
      These organizations that are taking sides do not represent me. I think there should be a trial before the hanging takes place.

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