After the leader of Georgia Care Project heard I’d started a petition on change.org to bring more mental health awareness and counselors in schools, I was invited to this press conference to hear more about how some organizations are trying to make communities safer.
On Tuesday, June 5, VOX Media Café was proud to host Atlanta-based singer-songwriter and activist Doria Roberts. After performing three original songs and revealing the personal meanings behind them, the teen journalists held a press conference to learn more.
I knew I was meeting a rockstar. Through a press request with VOX ATL, I was set up to meet with Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia.
Atlanta — home to many things: the Falcons, Coca-Cola, CNN — and one of the biggest hubs of sex trafficking nationwide.
The protesters were not only marching to protect themselves now, but in the future as well. Explained Walker, 13, a student at Wesley International Academy: “We’re the kids, we’re the future.”
We asked attendees in the estimated crowd of 30,000 some gut-wrenching questions about why guns should or shouldn’t be sold and how to get legislative response to school gun violence.
There’s a bill under consideration this week that would extend foster care benefits to youth after age 18. Ann speaks up about why it’s important to her and other youth who’ve been there: “It’s kinda hard for us to grow up as fast as the system wants us to and we’re not ready for it. And our brains aren’t ready for it.”
I march because I wonder… at what point is our right to not be murdered more important than one’s right to bear arms?
Why are we relying on 18th-century laws to regulate 21st-century weapons?
We had to mostly refrain from being political (even though gun control is a political issue) and stick firmly to the Catholic beliefs, like Pro-life and common-sense universal background checks.