Washington, D.C.—Today, Generation Progress announced the 2018-2019 #Fight4AFuture National Leadership Council (FNLC), a coalition of young advocates using their voices to mobilize for gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform at the local and national level. These movements are being led by young people, and these young advocates are at the forefront of these fights.

“Young people are uniquely at risk to be victims of gun violence and be impacted by the criminal justice system. The nine members of this year’s FNLC represent gun violence survivors, system-impacted youth, and local organizers from across the country,” said Maggie Thompson, executive director of Generation Progress. “These young people are not the leaders of tomorrow, they’re the leaders of today.”

Selected after a months-long application process, the following leaders represent the 2018-2019 FNLC class:

  • Alina Amkhavong, Seattle, WA
  • Anthony Robles, Los Angeles, CA
  • De Nichols, St. Louis, MO
  • Emilio Lacques-Zapien, Los Angeles, CA
  • Karissa Anderson, St. Louis, MO
  • Kenneth Halt, Middletown, OH
  • Jaylan Scott, Macon, GA
  • Jordan Madden, Stevens Point, WI
  • Joshua Till, Tahlequah, OK

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. That first summit resulted in the formation of the Generation Progress Gun Violence Prevention Network, now comprised of over 5,000 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, by building on a movement both inclusive and sensitive to the needs of communities impacted by gun violence and the criminal justice system.

For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Charlotte Hancock at chancock@americanprogress.org.

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