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Lake Arrowhead Hate Crime Statement

We at DARE 2 EMPOWER are deeply disturbed by the tragic incident that unfolded in Lake Arrowhead, California, resulting in the loss of Lauri Carleton, a beloved member of the community and a prominent fashion designer. Our hearts go out to Lauri's family, friends, and everyone who knew her.

On behalf of DARE 2 EMPOWER, we offer our sincere condolences and support during this time of profound grief.

The senseless act of hate and violence that took Lauri's life is a stark reminder of the challenges that persist in our society. It is unacceptable that someone's life can be cut short simply because of their identity, beliefs, or the values they hold dear. This incident, fueled by prejudice and intolerance, highlights the urgent need for collective action to address and eradicate such hatred from our midst.

Now more than ever, we must come together to stand against discrimination, bigotry, and violence. Incidents like this underscore the importance of our ongoing mission to fight for equality and justice for all individuals, regardless of their background, gender, sexual orientation, or any other aspect of their identity. Every person deserves to live without fear and to express themselves freely, embodying the principles of respect, inclusivity, and compassion.

As an organization committed to empowerment and progress, we reiterate our dedication to creating a world where incidents like this become relics of the past. Let us honor Lauri's memory by strengthening our resolve to build a society that values diversity, protects the rights of every individual, and promotes understanding and harmony.

In memory of Lauri Carleton and countless others who have been affected by acts of hatred, we stand united in our commitment to making a positive change. Together, we can and will create a future where love triumphs over hate and where equality prevails.

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