Black and brown students have often had to fight for their own resources and funding when it comes to activism, including in the anti-gun violence movement. Two years ago, then-16-year-old Diego Garcia raised $20,000 so that his reverend and 50 of his friends could get on a bus from the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Chicago to Washington, D.C., to join over 200,000 protesters in the March for Our Lives. Each of them knew somebody — a friend, classmate, or relative — who had been impacted by gun violence. “I saw that if other kids were speaking up after they were impacted by gun violence, I could speak up for my community, too,” Diego said.
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