As nearly a million people prepare to take the streets of Washington, D.C., on Saturday to participate in the “March for Our Lives” rally, a protest organized by students from Parkland, Florida, students in communities most affected by gun violence are using this momentum to shine light on their experiences.
On Thursday, students from Thurgood Marshall Academy in Southeast D.C. held a rally with students from Parkland to speak about the growing gun violence epidemic.
One of the speakers of the rally, 17-year-old Zion Kelly, lost his twin brother, Zaire, who was shot and killed in a robbery attempt while leaving school in September, reported Yahoo News.
“Students face a lot of challenges getting to and from school,” Zion Kelly, a senior at the school, told Yahoo News. “Especially if you’re using public transportation, like the bus, or the train or even just walking. Because, just like, you never know what’s going to happen.”
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