We Are the Change!

Speaking Truth With Power

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TNT youth leaders rally with Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer in Sacramento.

Last Thursday in Sacramento Youth ALIVE! and Teens on Target youth leaders stood up and said “Enough is enough” and reminded the world that while mass shootings are extremely tragic and must be stopped, it has always been communities of color who suffer the most from gun-related violence. And these communities are where change will come from, if the world will listen. A day of briefings and rallies was organized by State Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-LA), joined by Women’s March Sacramento and folks from the Brady Campaign for Gun Violence.

Speaking at the rally, TNT youth leader Dymond Garrett, a sophomore at Castlemont, told about the first time she was shot at, at age 8, in her father’s house, how ever since then, she has looked over her shoulder. How this happens every day in Oakland. How the price of a bullet in California is a mere .11 cents. TNT youth leaders and people from our community have been decrying these circumstances for decades. “And yet,” said Dymond, “it took until now for people to listen, it took young people to take a stand, when it should be older people taking a stand, older people who should have been listening, as human beings.”

“And yet, it took until now for people to listen, it took young people to take a stand, when it should be older people taking a stand, older people who should have been listening, as human beings.” – Dymond Garrett, Teens on Target