Zion Kelly, Native Washingtonian and second year student at Florida A & M University. Photo: Cirilo Manego III

Blacks Against Gun Violence

Zion Kelly, Native Washingtonian and second year student at Florida A & M University. Photo: Cirilo Manego III

Washington, D.C. – Gun violence prevention organizations stormed the steps of the Supreme Court on December 2, 2019 while oral arguments on a New York City gun regulation dispute took place.

Although the overwhelming majority of gun homicide victims are black and brown people, our faces are constantly cut off and voices drowned out by mainstream media’s anti-black agenda. However, more than half of the speakers attending the December 2 event, including the emcee, were black people. And rightfully so. Many of them living outside of the beltway shared heartening and traumatic stories with a sea of people that did not look like them.

Zion Kelly, a native Washingtonian and second year business student at Florida A & M University, took to the stage. “Gun violence has impacted my family for generations,” said Kelly. “It impacted me, personally, when I lost my twin brother.”

Community Justice Action Fund in partnership with Moms Demand Action, Everytown For Gun Safety, Brady Campaign, and Gays Against Guns organized this day of action. Hundreds of people descended upon the steps of the Supreme Court to let their voices be heard, weathering chilling rain for over two hours. Some organizers began the day at 5:45 a.m. It was evident from the energy that these activists are here to fight and let the nation know #GunLawsSaveLives.

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