Students held their own rally against gun violence.

Students held their own rally against gun violence.

Yesterday’s Albany Lobby Day was a great trip–and the reACTION Youth Program kids were inspiring.

These student advocates­–from public schools in Crown Heights, Harlem and Washington Heights—met with legislators and shared their personal stories of gun violence. They also held their own rally and spoke passionately about the need to stop the senseless gun violence affecting their communities.

Speaking at the rally, Tendai, an 11th grader at the High School for Public Service, said, “As a teenager living in Brooklyn, I understand the right to protect yourself but what about my right to be safe? This is not a conversation about constitutional rights but about our natural right to life, to not be killed or injured or abused. My rights matter, too.”

reACTION student Tendai asked, "What about my right to be safe?"

reACTION student Tendai asked, “What about my right to be safe?”

Leah Gunn Barrett, Executive Director of NYAGV, said, “It’s sad that these young people have had to experience gun violence in their neighborhoods where they have a right to feel safe. They are taking their experiences and what they have learned from our reACTION program and turning them into powerful advocacy to make their communities safer places to live.”

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