Why I’m Joining The #Rally4Humanity

By: Amy Chen

One night, around 9:00 PM, I remember hearing an ear-shattering, “POW! POW! BANG! POW!” erupt from my front yard. Growing up in North Philadelphia, gun violence had become part of my daily life. That night, when gun violence first touched my life, I was only nine years old.

My mom had just stepped outside the house to visit with her friend. Moments later, when I heard the gunfire ring out, I remember panicking, wondering to myself, “Is my mom okay?”

A wave of relief rushed over me when I found out that my mom had made it safely inside her friend’s house. It wasn’t until a few weeks later that I learned that the gunshots from that night took the life of one of my classmates.

Gun violence is a toxic cycle. In order to break it, we must invest in the communities that are most impacted.

I’m telling this story, because even with all the pain and suffering that I’ve experienced due to gun violence in my community, never have I been more concerned and fearful for the future than the moment Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.

Donald Trump doesn’t speak for my community. Donald Trump won’t fight for my community. He won’t help invest in the communities that need it the most. And given that the National Rifle Association was one of the first major organizations to support his campaign, his administration seems to be on track to allow for the proliferation of guns in more and more places, putting countless lives — like the life of my friend who was taken when I was nine — on the line.

Even though a dark cloud seems to be forming over Washington, I won’t be staying inside on Inauguration Day. I won’t back down. I won’t be silent. On January 20 at 10:00 AM, I hope you’ll join me and Generation Progress’ #Fight4AFuture Network as we #Rally4Humanity in front of the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument in Washington, D.C. We must show the Trump Administration that we stand united, as we call out intolerance and injustice.

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