In the aftermath of one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent history, messages of love and tolerance flooded airways and social media in a show of support and solidarity with those who perished, and the loved ones they left behind.
Unions across the country extended their sympathies, thanked first responders and united against hate. AFSCME President Lee Saunders wrote: “Our hearts go out to the victims and families of the mass shooting in Orlando, the largest atrocity of its kind in U.S. history. We thank the first responders on the scene and those around the country who never quit on their communities, especially when the unthinkable happens. We Choose Love.”
AFSCME is also joining many national unions in a coordinated effort to provide support and resources to the Orlando community in the wake of Sunday’s horrific shooting. The unions have joined forces to offer counseling to members and their families who have been affected, assemble resources for parents and teachers to help children understand the news, and point supporters toward blood donation and targeted fundraising efforts. Read the joint statement on the collaboration.
AFL-CIO statement: Working people united against hate
Statement from SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on Orlando