At Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, we know that Black Americans are not only at the forefront of experiencing the disproportionate effects of gun violence, but also on the front lines of fighting against it. That’s why this Black History Month, we’re highlighting the stories of our partners who are doing this work every single day.
Founder and Executive Director of KC Mothers in Charge
Mothers who have been hurt in the worst way — those who have lost our children to gun violence — have been at the forefront in the fight against gun violence. We want to see change. We want families to be safe in their own homes and communities. We want to be able to raise our children without having to worry that they will be victims of gun violence.
Student leader with Youth ALIVE!
Young people play a critical role in fighting back against gun violence. We have the chance to use our voices to speak up on the way it impacts us. We have to take opportunities to speak on behalf of our community and younger generations so they are set up to have a better future — a future free from violence.
Communities of color have been losing generations of young people for decades, and it is really important for the gun violence advocacy community to remember that gun reform advocacy is not only about trying to end major mass shooting events, which is very important, but it also has to take into account these incidents of violence that happen in communities of color every day.