ORLANDO: FIGHTING FOR LIFE
In fighting environmental racism, we know far too well what targeted violence feels like.
We are too familiar with the feeling of gasping for air.
We are too familiar with the suffocating smell from trucks, ships, trains.
We are too familiar with the similarity of gun smoke and exhaust.
We are too familiar in knowing that both are signifiers of death.
That both are followed by hospitals.
That both are followed by distress, sleepless nights, and pain.
We must remember that much like any other violence, it isn’t simply an accident but an extension of decades of policies and laws targeting communities of color.
That it is an extension of rhetoric that normalize violence against queer, trans, people of color.
We must remember violence many times isn’t the product of bullet but also comes in paper, ink, and signatures.
We must remember the creation of this is the constant identification of people of color, queer, trans, all those marginalized as expendable and unnecessary for what is defined by this machine as ‘progress’.
We must remember that what continues to fuel this is homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, white supremacy, and racism.
We must remember that its engine is colonization, dehumanization, and massacre.
We must remember
It was a queer trans club
It was a latin night
It was a trans night
the 50 brothers and sisters dead
The 53 injured
The 103 hit by bullets in a room with a capacity of 300.
We must remember those who do not have the privilege of having the possibility of death be a distant idea, but a constant companion.
For the families and individuals
We stand with you.
We see you.
We hold your pain with you.
We fight with you.
If one attack can be felt across the world, then one victory can also be held by all of us.
This is why we must and will continue organizing.
Through organizing we affirm that we exist.
Through organizing we affirm that we are resilient.
Through organizing we affirm that we are powerful.
Through organizing we affirm that we are and will always be powrful enough to continue
Fighting For Life.