Standing with Orlando

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

"This weekend a gunman attacked an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, leaving at least 100 victims, nearly all LGBTQ, young and Latino or Latina. This is the worst mass shooting in the U.S. since the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. For funders concerned about this tragic act of anti-LGBTQ violence, we offer a number of ways to help."
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
 
MCF staff are also grieving these tragic events. We send our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and stand in solidarity with advocates who seek to recover and rebuild in the aftermath of such violence. In particular, our thoughts are with colleagues at the Florida Philanthropic Network as they support Florida grantmakers. FPN has asked that those interested in supporting victims and their families look into the Pulse Victims Fund. Additionally, grantmakers that are interested in how communities and funders respond in the wake of tragedy are invited to visit the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook.
 
The complexity of this tragedy raises important questions about safety, security and access to weapons in our country. It highlights the need for action to end gender- and race-based violence. It demonstrates how pervasive xenophobia legitimizes hate and leads to scapegoating.
 
This was clearly an attack on LGBTQ peoples’ freedom of expression and a reminder that none of us leads a life of one identity. It reminds us of the complex ways that race, gender, sexual orientation and religion are at play for us all. One individual perpetrated this act of violence, but incidents like this are the result of systems that encourage us to see some people as more valuable than others.
 
We are left with questions about how to move forward, how to heal and how to support our membership in addressing these complexities.
 
We invite our grantmaker community to reach out with questions, share your responses and let us know how MCF can play a role in supporting you as you move forward. We share our thoughts and prayers, but as many have said, those alone won’t be enough. We remain committed to supporting grantmakers in creating a more prosperous and equitable Minnesota. We are listening; please contact MCF director of program strategy and racial equity Alfonso Wenker with questions, to share what you’re doing or offer suggestions about how MCF can help you respond.

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