On June 12th, in the early morning hours, a gunman murdered 49 innocent people and injured 68 in Pulse Nightclub merely for who they were. It currently holds as the worst mass shooting in American history.
I grew up in Orlando, Florida. In my younger years I often passed by Pulse and was a patron. Many of whom I interacted with in my work with the Orlando Community from The Center to the LGBT Business Organization frequented Pulse, and two of them were among the victims that night.
The world has changed a lot since I grew up. Those in our community are finding their voices sooner, being recognized for who they are on the inside, and finding places where they feel accepted. Major retailers are finding strength in celebrating with us and standing by our sides. Many schools designate themselves as safe places for the youth of our community. Yet through all our progress, we remain having those who feel we should not exist.
Let today serve as a reminder that we should never be complacent in feeling safe. Our rights remain under question in our own Country, and around the world. Our brothers and sisters in Chechnya are being placed into internment camps. Our muslim brothers and sisters find themselves being thrown off buildings. The battle isn’t over.
Now more than ever we must continue marching forward to protect our community; protect those who have come before and those yet to come. We must secure, preserve, and educate society on our history and never forget the uphill battles we continue to fight.
This pride month, we ask that you join us, and other Courts in the Imperial Court System that are taking up our challenge to raise money to support the onePULSE Foundation. The onePULSE Foundation was founded by the owners of Pulse Nightclub with the mission to create a sanctuary of hope around this tragic day in American history which honors the 49 lives that were taken, the 68 injured victims, all the affected survivors, and the first responders and healthcare professionals who cared for the victims.
To donate to the cause, visit our Square store. If you see us around town you can also give us a check either in the name of our organization, or that of the onePULSE Foundation and we will be sure it gets to them. We will be raising money for 49 days, until July 31st, 2017.
Honor those we’ve lost today with action, and those who tirelessly represented this community until their last breath. Stand in the face of adversity and protect your brothers and sisters in arms. We must never let this happen again.
We are #OrlandoStrong, we are #OneChicago and together we are #OnePulse.
Event from Center on Halsted for Candle Light Vigil from 6pm – 7 pm on Monday.
From the Heart, Through the Court, For the Community,
Christopher “Cuddlebeast Bjomolf” Clai
Imperial Windy City Court of the Prairie State Empire