Diverse Coalition of Teens Say Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter and not just to black teens. A diverse coalition of teens around the country are standing in solidarity and leading protests to declare “Black Lives Matter.”

Lawrenceville, GEORGIA 

“It’s been sickening. It’s been disheartening. I’ve had trouble sleeping most nights,” said 17-year-old Ephraim Kum. He and Danny Salas, 17, held a Black Lives Matter sit in at the Lawrenceville Lawn, “a safe place for fellow teens to gather.”

Diverse Georgia teen activists organize sit in protest

Lawrenceville, GA sit -in  | July 9th | Photo credit: WGCL

“I’m not a black male but at the same time, I have many friends that are African American and it really bothered me, Danny Salas said. “If you look around most of the people here are the ages of 16 to 25. It literally just gives me chills because we are the people that are going to change the world.  Read more.


Anaheim, CALIFORNIA 

“I thought about my people dying in the Middle East; I don’t want the same thing to happen to black lives,” she 17-year-old Niusha Hajikhodaverdikhan, who is from Iran. She took to social media to co-organize a diverse Black Lives Matter protest with Priscila Hernandez, 17.

Diverse Anaheim Black Lives Matter activists protest

Anaheim, California protest | July 10, 2016 | Photo credit: Ana Venegas, Orange County Register

Diverse Anaheim Black Lives Matter activists protest

Anaheim, California protest | July 10, 2016 | Photo credit: Ana Venegas, Orange County Register

“Saying ‘black lives matter’ does not mean all lives don’t matter,” Priscila Hernandez said. “It means that we are trying to focus on the lives that have been ignored and pushed aside.” Read more.


 Reno, NEVADA

Two sixteen-year-old girls, Carissa Garcia and Brooke Fimby, planned a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest in Reno. The girls are not affiliated with any BLM chapter, but after seeing videos & commentary about recent police shootings on social media, they wanted to show solidarity. So, they posted a message on Facebook: “March around the city and protest #blacklivesmatter BRING POSTERS !!!” The response was immediate and larger than they could have imagined.

Reno teens bring together diverse black lives matter crowd for protest

Reno, Nevada Protest | July 15, 2016 | Photo credit: Ty O’Neil & Bob Conrad

“Our goal is to make this a peaceful protest,” Carissa said. Neither she, nor Brooke had been active big protests before. “We’re going to try everything in our power to make that happen.” Read more.

 

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