REV. AL SHARPTON CALLS FOR CONTINUED ACTION AGAINST RISE OF VIOLENT HATE ON FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF BUFFALO SHOOTING—
WILL address progress and challenges in combating racially motivated extremism during Buffalo church services this Sunday
Buffalo, NY – Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), today reflected on the first anniversary of the 2022 mass shooting at a Buffalo grocery store that left 10 Black people dead. Rev. Sharpton’s statement comes ahead of his two planned appearances at memorial services in Buffalo this Sunday, May 14th, which officially marks one year since the shooting.
NAN mobilized on the ground immediately after the body armor-clad gunman, who posted a racist tirade online earlier that day, opened fire at the Tops grocery store in the predominantly Black section of Buffalo. The organization also helped cover the funeral cost for all 10 victims, while Rev. Sharpton delivered several eulogies.
“We have seen significant changes in the year since Black America was once again the reminded simple acts like grocery shopping can be a death sentence. The justice system came through to deliver a life sentence for the gunman who was brazen enough to livestream his carnage for the world to see. New York State closed a loophole to block others from accessing weapons like his, which can cause much damage in little time. President Biden answered our call for a White House summit on this alarming rise of violent hate.
Change has indeed come, but the fight for justice for these and other families is far from over. This anniversary comes as the nation tries to make sense of another mass shooting in Texas, where the gunman again spouted white nationalist rhetoric. Hate will only continue to flourish unless we address the root causes, policies, and platforms that foster its growth. Without continued action, we will be doomed to relive the trauma of Buffalo, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and all other mass shootings that target Black, Latino, Asian, or Jewish communities. The National Action Network will continue to work with its partners to combat hate at its core and continue to fight for our collective safety.”
Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of NAN
Families of 2022 Buffalo mass shooting victims
WHEN & WHERE:
Sunday, May 14, 2023
True Bethel Baptist Church
907 E. Ferry Street
Buffalo, NY 14211
St. John Baptist Church
184 Goodell Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
About National Action Network (NAN)
National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency, and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality, or gender.
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