Click HERE to download the poster to place in your shop or office window and sign the statement!
The Main Street Alliance and our member business owners throughout the country are shocked and appalled by the violence brought on the owners, staff and patrons of PULSE nightclub on Orange Avenue in Orlando, Florida. We extend our deepest condolences to the victims, their families, and a community still reeling.
We stand firmly in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community in condemnation of the senseless act of cowardice committed Sunday morning in Orlando and we will not allow this tragedy to fracture our communities further and rob our employees and customers of their sense of safety and inclusion.
Download the updated poster and place it in your shop or restaurant to espouse the message that hate has no business here and all are welcome in our stores and our communities.
The member businesses of the Main Street Alliance and our fellow small business owners throughout the country are deeply disturbed by the rising tide of hateful rhetoric and violence aimed at our Muslim and Arab community members, at refugees fleeing violence, at immigrants and at people of color in our communities. This swell of hate and fear permeating our national dialogue is dangerous. We believe it must be met head-on with clear statements of principle from local business owners because we are leaders in our communities.
America must be a place where people from all nations, races and creeds seeking freedom and opportunity feel welcome and can build safe, prosperous lives for themselves and their families. When politicians and pundits target people in our communities for political gain, when they fan the flames of hatred and fear, when they attack our neighbors, friends, family members, fellow business owners, employees, and customers, we must stand up and make our voices and our values heard loud and clear:
We stand with our Muslim community members and we stand with refugees and immigrants in our community. We welcome everyone. There is no place for hate in our businesses, our homes, or in our country.