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RELEASE: Generation Progress Names 12 Young Activists to National Leadership Council for Gun Violence Prevention and Criminal Justice Reform

Washington, D.C.—Today, Generation Progress announced its second annual #Fight4AFuture National Leadership Council (FNLC), a coalition of young leaders helping to guide a movement that tackles gun violence and criminal justice through a holistic lens.

In this unprecedented moment for political engagement, the 12-member council will serve as national leaders developing action campaigns and strategy, growing the progressive leadership pipeline, and working to ensure Millennial voices are heard in the broader fight for gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform.

“Young people have been at the forefront of the movement to combat gun violence and reform the criminal justice system,” said Maggie Thompson, Executive Director for Generation Progress. “This new class of activists affirms young people’s leadership on this issue. They are well-equipped to bring their local insights into a national issue to propel the movement forward.”

Selected after a months-long application process, the following leaders represent the second annual FNLC class:

Mohammed Alam, New York, NY

Demitri Carpenter, Birmingham, AL

Michael Cogbill, Philadelphia, PA

Victoria Coy, New Orleans, LA

Jacobi Crowley, Lawton, OK

Mariam El-Haj, Mission, TX

Robert Emmons, Chicago, IL

Taylor Gleeson, Columbus, OH

Cecelia Gonzalez, Las Vegas, NV

Kylah Guion, Ernul, NC

Brent R. Hamlet, Chicago, IL

Cheredith Rhone, Greenwood, LA

In 2014, Generation Progress and the Center for American Progress hosted the inaugural, first-of-its-kind national summit on gun violence prevention and America’s youth. The Generation Progress Gun Violence Prevention Network formed out of that summit, a coalition now comprised of over 3000 young activists nationwide from rural suburbs to urban inner cities. The FNLC will lead this diverse coalition of voices, now called the Generation Progress #Fight4AFuture Network for Gun Violence Prevention and Criminal Justice Reform, in building on a movement both inclusive and sensitive to the needs of communities impacted by gun violence and the criminal justice system.

For full bios on the FNLC, click here.

For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Kyle Epstein at kepstein@americanprogress.org or 202.481.8137

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