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July 8, 2016

Media contact: Mitch Case, mitch@ascnyc.org, 212-645-0875 ext. 324

AIDS SERVICE CENTER NYC REACTS TO THE DEATHS OF ALTON STERLING & PHILANDO CASTILE

(New York, NY) – Sharen Duke, Founder and Executive Director of AIDS Service Center NYC (ASCNYC), released the following statement in response to the recent violence by and against the police:

“ASCNYC is grieving for the recent loss of two Black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, at the hands of police officers this week. We also grieve for the five police officers killed in Dallas during a rally supporting Black Lives Matter last night. These senseless acts of violence are heartbreaking, cannot be condoned, and must be stopped. Our thoughts are with those lost and their loved ones.

For 25 years, our organization has been dedicated to diversity and inclusion. At our locations across the city, we provide New Yorkers of all races, sexual identities, and backgrounds with a safe place to find help. In these challenging times, safe spaces like these are more important than ever.

We must remain united and continue to support each other. Together we can work towards a society where everyone matters and everyone is treated with respect and kindness.”

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