MADRE Condemns Recent Shooting Attack in Arizona
Posted on: Thursday, January 13, 2011
MADRE joins the many who mourn the tragic events in Tucson, Arizona just days ago, when a gunman opened fire on a crowd that had gathered to participate in a discussion with Congressional Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Six people lost their lives, and 14 were injured. These events have left many reeling in the attempt to understand how this could have happened.
Last night, President Obama addressed a memorial service in Arizona, his comments broadcast through the nation. He called for civility in the national political discourse. While many have warned that an increasingly venomous and hateful political climate contributed to this attack, he distanced himself from the charge that thinly-veiled calls to violence made by far-right groups and echoed by their mainstream counterparts contributed to this attack.
Yet, the call for civility sets a low bar. Rep. Giffords and her constituents were brutally attacked as they exercised human rights codified in the US and internationally, such as the right of peaceful assembly and the right to freedom of expression. Their intent was to engage in an act of participatory democracy, and they were violently cut down.
In the face of seemingly senseless violence, we must do more than just be civil to one another. We must come together to condemn any act that violates basic human rights and commit yet again to uphold them.
Archives"Press Releases" Home March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 September 2013 August 2013 June 2013 March 2013 February 2013 September 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 November 2010 October 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 September 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 January 2009 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 February 2008 January 2008 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 March 2007 February 2007 December 2006 October 2006 July 2006 June 2006 September 2005 January 2004 August 2001
Kat Noel, Website & Media Coordinator
PHONE: +1 212 627 0444
MADRE & Our Partners Make News
The Right to Heal: 11 Years After Iraq Invasion, U.S. Urged on Reparations for War's Enduring Wounds (Democracy Now!, March 26, 2014)
Protests Call Iraq's New Family Law 'Legalization of Pedophilia' (Rudaw, March 10, 2014)
Haiti: the neoliberal model imposed on the country is failing its citizens (The Guardian, February 5, 2014)
Human rights group slams Iraq over treatment of women in prison (Miami Herald, February 2, 2014)
New Ways to Evaluate Impact (Stanford Social Innovation Review, January 24, 2014)