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PHOENIX, ARIZONA (20 February 2014) — The FUSION Foundation issued this statement regarding Arizona Senate Bill 1062.

“The FUSION Foundation, a grassroots community development organization committed to creating a culture of peace, with national headquarters located in Phoenix, Arizona, is outraged by the Arizona State Senate passing SB 1062, a bill that advocates and validates discrimination toward the LGBTQ community in our state. The FUSION Foundation has a long history of advocating for human rights as a direct impact of reducing violence in our communities. 


We urge the Arizona House of Representatives to vote for a safe harmonious community, supporting the human rights of all individuals, placing the priority of the safety of all individuals at the forefront by voting nay on HB1060.

July of this year will mark fifty years since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public, including hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores and similar establishments. The landmark piece of legislation outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin in the workplace and by facilities that serve the general public. Making a commitment to civil rights, human rights is an absolute responsibility of all members in a civil society.

The social and economic costs resulting from discrimination toward any member of our community places a substantial burden on neighborhoods, cities, counties and state as a whole, significantly hampering development. To diminish and ultimately eradicate violence it is necessary to reduce social-inequities and to fulfill their obligation to ensure the human rights of all individuals. All sectors of government have the obligation to promote and protect human rights and ensure equal protection.

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