During this week’s National Action Network meeting, Rev. Al Sharpton announced he and a number of high school students planned to march from Trump International Tower towards the front of POTUS’ NYC apartment building in early June—the kick-off of New York state’s Gun Violence Awareness Month. Sharpton shared the news alongside 16-year-old Parkland survivor Aalayah Eastmond.
“I actually lost my uncle to gun violence in Brooklyn,” the 16-year-old said, according to the Associated Press. “So for it to happen to me, in my face, that just shows that change has to happen now.”
Back in February, Eastmond appeared on Megyn Kelly TODAY, where she detailed her experience during the Feb. 14 massacre. She said she had protected herself with the body of her deceased classmate, Nicholas Dworet.
“This young lady surviving in that school. Rather than her going away, saying, ‘I got away,’ she’s committed herself to fighting for gun reform and making value out of her life,” Sharpton said during the NAN meeting. “If she, with all that trauma, can stand up and fight then you ought to stand up with her.”
New York student organization Youth Over Guns will also participate in the demonstration. It is scheduled to take place June 2.