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I’ve seen the cost of gun violence in my hometown. So I decided to get involved.

Local high school student Aleshia Krider discusses the disproportionate impact of gun violence on communities of color.

Trayvon Martin and I could have been friends. I could have found myself in his shoes, doing the same things he was doing the day he was killed. As a young black person, I identify with Trayvon. The news that he had been killed shocked me. I read details about George Zimmerman stalking Trayvon — an unarmed boy in a hoodie. I read about how Zimmerman called law enforcement, how they told him to stop and wait for police to arrive, how he disregarded those instructions, and how he ultimately shot and killed Trayvon Martin. That moment made me recognize just how serious of an issue gun violence in America is.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is a 501(c)(4) organization founded in 1974. We are the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization.

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