On the shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016

June 12, 2016 2016

Dear friends,

My heart hurts for the large number of people killed and injured in Orlando at Pulse. A night of dance and celebration during Gay Pride month turns into the deadliest mass shooting in the United States.

Almost a year ago, we mourned the massacre of nine people praying at an African American Church in South Carolina.

And hundreds have died in shootings on college campuses over the last few years.

Hatred, intolerance, and fear mix with the easy availability of guns to create death and destruction.

We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community even as we recommit ourselves to dismantling the cultural norms that lead to this kind of behavior.

Let’s pass sensible gun control laws. Let’s transform toxic forms of masculinity. Let’s build a world that moves away from from violence and fear to one that stands on respect, love and compassion.

Let’s dream a new world into being.

Holding all of us close,

Mallika Dutt
President and CEO