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Pulse and the Exploration of State Violence

Members of QLatinx, and community organizers from the local community, smiling and holding up a vision board following a workshop that explored state violence.

What a blessing it was to be joined by our dear friends from the Popular Education Project over the weekend, as we explored the topic of state violence and discussed organizing efforts for queer and transgender communities of color, as well as other marginalized identities, within our local community.

I was so inspired to hear the efforts that so many local organizers are doing for the betterment of our local community. The stories shared and the beauty that sprang from such an emotionally taxing topic, has provided me with a renewed sense of hope and wonder for all of the incredible things that we can accomplish, so long as we remain united and steadfast in our mission to better ourselves and the conditions that our communities live in.

Being in this space, with all of these incredible individuals, has instilled in me a strong drive and commitment to action. I am reminded of the incredible words of Cesar Chavez, as he spoke about the importance of community and dignity: "We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community...Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others for their sakes and for our own." These words sit at the heart of our work, as we continue to advocate for change, for dignity, for respect.

As we advance our work, we commit ourselves to standing in solidarity across marginalized identities, acknowledging that our collective works runs parallel with one another and that united we can and will usher in a new era for our communities. From the streets of Ferguson to the farms of Apopka, from the camps of Standing Rock to the heart of Orlando, we stand with our heads held high, affirmed by our mission, and prepared to face any and all obstacles.

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