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WASHINGTON, D.C.–People’s Action released the following statement from People’s Action Director George Goehl in response to President Trump’s tweet attacking a 75-year-old activist, Martin Gugino, seriously injured by Buffalo police. Gugino is an activist with PUSH Buffalo, a member organization of People’s Action.

“Martin Gugino is a 75-year-old member of PUSH Buffalo who was protesting the murder of George Floyd when he was savagely attacked by a police officer. Trump’s Twitter attack on Martin is yet another misleading attempt to distract people and undermine the protests. Deranged claims of an antifa conspiracy and attacks on our members will not take our focus away from fighting to defend Black lives.”

“We stand with Martin and everyone working to defend Black lives and defund police.”

PUSH Buffalo’s statement on the incident can be found here.

About PUSH Buffalo

People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo is a membership-based organization on Buffalo’s West Side that mobilizes residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality, affordable housing. PUSH Buffalo is a member of People’s Action. Learn more:

About People’s Action

People’s Action is a national network of 41 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. Learn more:

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About People’s Action Institute

Over five decades, People’s Action Institute and our affiliates have fought for reforms that recognize poor and working people’s dignity and make material and political improvements to millions of lives. Our victories include the Community Reinvestment Act, Superfund, the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act and the MAT Act.

We engage in issue campaigns, public education and training to advance a long-term agenda for racial, economic and gender justice. Our focus now is on deepening community organizing so we can build lasting power across the country. 

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