300 March in Nyack to Call For Gun Control Following Orlando Shooting
by Shauna R. Bahssin
Nyack, June 16 — “Our voices and tears are spilling out into the streets of Nyack and Rockland County demanding for our right to be safe,” said Brooke Malloy, the executive director of the Rockland County Pride Center, which opens in August. “The right to safe housing, safe schools and universities, employment, medical treatment and social services. The right to be safe to hold the hand of the person we love, or to be comfortable in the body that is our own. We have the right to live … We are a strong and resilient community, and we will not go away. This is our call to action.”
In the wake of the June 12 Orlando shooting which took the lives of 49 members of the LGBT and Latino communities, pride organizations around the U.S. have been encouraging recognition by organizing vigils for those lost in the violence. In Rockland County, these deaths have been acknowledged during two vigils, one in New City and Nyack on Wednesday and Thursday.