Approximately 200 people came out to show support for Rock Out Loud, a benefit concert put on by the Shepard Broad Law Center’s LAMBDA United chapter on Wed. April 6. The over $1,000 that was raised will help their fight to end hate crimes. The event aimed to draw attention to the problem of hate crimes in our society, and involve the NSU community in finding solutions.
Local indie band Es Oh performed at the event, which also included an emotional recount of personal experiences with hate crimes from Oakland Park City Commissioner John Adornato. Also in attendance was Judge Lisa Porter, Broward County 17th Judicial Circuit and a Broward Sheriff in charge of investigating hate crimes.
“We can all help reduce the number of hate crimes by speaking out against these heinous acts and educating people in our sphere of influence,” said Martavis T. Clarke, J.D. Candidate, 2012, vice-president & treasurer of the. “We hope that this venue will provide an opportunity to shed more light on this issue, bring our community closer together and unite against hate crimes.
“Even one death as a result of hate crimes is too many,” added Clarke.
LAMBDA United is committed to educating the public on hate crimes with the hope of ending the abuse. If rumors can be dispelled and the ignorance eradicated the discrimination can cease to exist. The proceeds from the event will be given to the national organization, Fight Out Loud: http://www.fightoutloud.org