Executive Board Approves Social Justice Committee Resolution For Stronger Protections Against Gun Violence in America

We know that hate crimes target people based upon race, religion, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, and our Social Justice Steering Committee unanimously proposed a resolution to the full Executive Board of our Union to show our solidarity in support of stronger protections against gun violence in America.

Bigotry and racism motivate acts of violence toward LGBT people, disproportionately affecting people of color and have devastating impacts on our communities, schools and workplaces.

We believe that the only way to fully lead in the struggle for social and economic justice is to demand a common-sense approach to addressing the issue of gun violence that disproportionately affects groups of members whom we represent.

This resolution, which was overwhelming supported by our Executive Board Members at this July meeting, calls for us to work in alliance with Equality Ohio, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Pride at Work, the National Black Justice Coalition, members of the faith community, and numerous other organizations, urges Congress to prevent the sale of military style assault weapons and large capacity magazines, close gun show loopholes on background checks, and strengthen background checks and waiting periods.

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