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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 13, 2016

Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on the mass shooting in Orlando



"United University Professions sends its prayers and heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and everyone affected by the mass shooting in Orlando.

"This horrific attack was an act of hate against the LGBTQ community. And it was an act of terror against the United States of America and the freedom our nation stands for.

"Any attack on any American, irrespective of race, creed, ethnicity or sexual orientation, is an attack on us all and on the ideals that make us Americans.

"We stand for love, not hate; for liberty, not oppression. Stay strong, Orlando. We stand with you."

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

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