Mass shooting in Florida gay club leaves at least 50 dead in deadliest shooting in U.S. history
- A gunman opened fire in the early morning hours at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing at least 50 and wounding at least another 53 in what authorities are investigating as a terror attack.
- The club was hosting a Latin-themed dance night, drawing patrons from within and beyond the LGBT community.
- According to the currently released numbers, the attack is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Florida nightclub shooting: updates (The Guardian)
Shooting at Pulse Florida Nightclub: Updates (The New York Times)
“Fifty people killed in massacre at Florida gay nightclub: police” (Reuters)
“Here Are The Victims That Have Been Identified In The Orlando Nightclub Shooting” (BuzzFeed News)
“How to Help the Victims of the Pulse Orlando Nightclub Shooting” (TIME)
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Latino immigrants flock to naturalization campaigns across the U.S. ahead of November elections
- Naturalization applications increased by 14.5% between June and December 2015 over the same period in 2014, with some analysts attributing part of the influx to the anti-immigrant rhetoric of Republican presidential candidates.
- Of the 8.8 million authorized residents eligible for naturalization, an estimated 3.9 to 4.5 million are Latino, but hefty costs deter many from gaining citizenship.
- Mexican immigrants in particular are under-naturalized, with only 36% of eligible immigrants having become citizens, leading to drives in states like Colorado, Florida, Arizona, Texas, and Nevada to promote naturalization among the remaining 2.7 million.
“Latinos line up to get naturalized and stop Trump” (CNN)
“More Latinos Seek Citizenship to Vote Against Trump” (The New York Times)
“In Citizenship Drives, Latinos Sign Up to Vote Against Trump” (Vibe)
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Trans woman of color in killed in Florida, tenth in 2015’s increase in violence against trans individuals
- India Clarke was found murdered in Tampa by blunt force trauma to the upper body.
- India is the ninth trans woman of color and tenth trans person killed so far in 2015, which is consistent with a trend of year-over-year increases in violence rates experienced by the trans community.
- Local police and media have persistently misgendered Clarke in reports and stated gender identity is not considered a factor in her death, instead focusing on Clarke’s history of sex work and drug activity.
“India Clarke’s death is a tragedy that is made worse by egregious misgendering by local police and media.”
Read the full story at BuzzFeed.
Muslim and Arab-American groups rally to support black churches affected by recent spate of arson
- Organized by the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, the Arab-American Association of New York, and Ummah Wide, the “Respond With Love” campaign has sought to provide financial support towards the reconstruction of damaged or destroyed houses of worship in Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
- The campaign has raised almost $25,000 from more than 500 individual supporters.
- Although the fires have not been deemed hate crimes, campaign leaders note that black churches have historically been particularly vulnerable targets of oppression and persecution by hate-motivated individuals.
“It doesn’t matter to us how or why these churches burned down, we want to help our Black sisters and brothers get back in to their houses of worship as soon as they can. … Ramadan is a time of giving and what better cause to give to than one that rebuilds houses of worship where God’s name is constantly called, remembered and loved.”
Read the full story at the Huffington Post.