In solidarity

Erin Maye Quade, candidate for State Rep 57A (Apple Valley) - & Ilhan at the Community Gathering & Vigil for Orlando held at Loring Park last night.

Erin Maye Quade, candidate for State Rep 57A (Apple Valley) - & Ilhan at the Community Gathering & Vigil for Orlando held at Loring Park last night.

Dear Friend,

It is with deep sorrow that I write to you this morning. Yesterday’s massacre was a horrific tragedy and I pray for the families of the victims in Orlando and hope peace can come to their community, in the spirit of this month of Ramadan. I continually stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community and with the Muslim community -- few groups have been subject to such malice and disaffection.

One thing is clear to me: there has never been a time more prudent, more immediate for new, determined voices representing our people. The present efforts are not enough, our nation is currently in the midst of divisiveness and pain. We must alter our attitude and the approach that we are taking if we truly want to affect change.

When President Obama spoke yesterday, he said that we need to make a decision: What kind of country do we want to be?

For me, I want us to be the country I dreamed of night after night in the refugee camp, I want us to be the country that accepted my family with open arms, I want us to be the country that is devoted to equity and providing every child with a dream the opportunity they deserve. I do not want us to be a country where safety is a scarcity, and I don’t want us to be a country where people are vilified for being their true, unapologetic selves.

I pledge to work tirelessly towards the district, state, and country we want to be.

In solidarity,

Ilhan