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United Against Gun Violence

15th July 2019

Meet the 17 Delegates Leading the United Against Gun Violence Coalition

These young men and women come from different parts of the United States, have different backgrounds and share different experiences, and together they are working towards the noble goal of uniting and amplifying their movement to create safer communities across the United States.

 

Shaman Kirkland, Portland, ME

Shaman Kirkaland is a Political Science major at the University of Southern Maine. He has dedicated himself to public service, having chaired USM’s Student Senate, managed Jon Gale’s DA campaign, Directed Field for a U.S. Senate campaign and spoken at many politically oriented events. Shaman has volunteered with many child support programs, spoken at schools and proudly served as an assistant teacher.

Shannon Mocine-McQueen, Denver, CO

Shannon attended Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts where she majored in Political Communications. She worked with women escaping domestic violence and seeking legal aid and asylum in the UK. Upon returning to Boston Shannon created the organization Her War: Organizing Voices against Violence. Her involvement in community and global affairs led to a partnership with Idealist.org to publish a tool kit for organizing social change.

Jackson Mittleman, Newtown, CT

Jackson Mittleman is a student from Newtown, Connecticut who has been fighting for gun reform since he was in 6th grade. After Sand Hook, he began to work with the Newtown Action Alliance on passing laws in Connecticut, and now co-chairs the Junior Newtown Action Alliance. Jackson was an organizer of the March 14th national school walkout and also spoke at the March For Our Lives in Washington, DC.  @jmittleman25

Jake Reagan, Boulder, CO

Jake Reagan is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Philosophy. As the CU Student Body President, Jake is working to improve safety on campus, especially as it relates to active harmer prevention measures. Jake is also passionate about empowering the student voice and ensuring that students of all backgrounds have a chance to make a difference.

Marcel McClinton, Houston, TX

Marcel McClinton is a 17 year old student activist from Houston, TX. He has travelled the United States organizing, speaking, and lobbying for gun violence prevention laws. Marcel was in a 2016 mass shooting, but got involved in activism after the Parkland massacre. He serves on the Houston Mayor’s Comission to Prevent Gun Violence, co- founded Orange Generation with Santa Fe HS survivors, works alongside March For Our Lives organizers.  @MarcelMcClinton

Mary-Pat Hector, Atlanta, GA

Mary-Pat Hector just knows how to change the world. This Atlanta native and Spelman College student recently became the youngest woman and person of color to run for office in the state of Georgia. She grew a community service project into a non-profit: Youth in Action USA which became this nation’s fastest growing youth lead organization. She can also now add Peace First Prize Fellow to her list of accomplishments.  @MaryPatHector

Matthew Glover, New York, NY

Matthew Glover is a student at the City University of New York School of Law, one of the United States’ only public interest law schools. Matt works with 696 Build Queensbridge, 696 is a Cure Violence site tasked with condemning violence as a public health concern. In this space, Matt leads a “Critical Thinking” curriculum that provides a forum for the program’s participants to engage with race, privilege, history, politics, and other topics.

Nate Tinbite, Washington, DC

Nate Tinbite is a 16-year-old from Montgomery County, Maryland. He currently serves as the President of the Countywide High School Student Government, leading 26 high schools, and is one of the founding members of Montgomery County Students for Change, an advocacy organization that led a 5,000 student walkout to the steps of the United States Capital and registered thousands of youth voters.  @NateTinbite

Bree Butler, Santa Fe, TX

Bree Butler is a college freshman at the University of North Texas and a recent graduate of Santa Fe High School. She joined the gun violence prevention movement in February after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, but she took on a leadership position within the movement after the shooting at her own high school. Bree co-founded an organization dedicated to ending gun violence called the Orange Generation.

Brandon Warren, Indianapolis, IN

On May 23rd, 2017, Brandon’s life changed forever when he lost a dear friend and teammate, Dijon Anderson. After starting a peace walk nearly 3 months later, Brandon was able to continue on with the organization, We LIVE (rhymes with five). On the way of doing so, Brandon humbly received many accolades and achievements based off his positive leadership in his community.  @TheBWarren

Brandon Wolf, Orlando, FL

On June 12, life changed for Brandon Wolf. He hid in a bathroom while a gunman opened fire in Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub. Rather than get swallowed up by the anger and fear of tragedy, Brandon chose to honor the victims’ legacies with action. For the past two years, Brandon has served as co-founder and Vice President of The Dru Project, a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower and enable future leaders in the LGBTQ community.  @bjoewolf

Neuteyshe Felizor, Washington, DC

Neuteyshe Felizor is a sophomore at George Mason University and has experienced in voter registration beginning with her 2016 fellowship with the Florida Democratic Party. Her relationship with gun violence dates back to when she experienced her father get robbed at gunpoint in her neighborhood at the age of 10 to gun suicide attempts by cousins and uncles, and just recently the Parkland shooting where some of her loved ones attended MSD.

Destiny Hatcher, Indianapolis, IN

At Destiny Hatcher’s high school she is the President of Just Say No and Activity’s Coordinator of Student Council. At a young age Destiny had to endure the loss of her uncle to gun violence, which drives her to being the change maker she is today. One of her greatest leadership skills is her humility,”We LIVE has helped turned me into the person I am today.”Destiny loves to be in the background, but her work speaks front row volume.  @thedeshatcher

Tommy Murray, Newtown, CT

Tommy Murray is the co-chairman of the Junior Newtown Action Alliance (Jr NAA), a student gun violence prevention club at Newtown High School. Tommy was a sixth-grader at Reed Intermediate School when his neighbor gunned down other neighbors and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. He is now a Senior at Newtown High School. He has been traveling to D.C. since he was 11 years old to urge Congress to take action.

Farrah Marin, New York, NY

Farrah Marin is a Community Coordinator at 696 Build Queensbridge, where she coordinates pro-social events and programming for youth at an increased risk for gun violence. Farrah received her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in 2018. Farrah is a first generation American, born to a Dominican mother and Guatemalan father. Her interest in advocacy and social work stems from a familial history of mental illness and criminal justice involvement.

Hannah Siegel, Orlando, FL

Hannah Siegel is a senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida. She is the President and Co-Founder of the Youth Coalition to End Gun Violence, a network of student groups across the state of Florida. Through the Youth Coalition, she aims to increase youth voter participation and lobby for common-sense gun reform. In her words, “#NeverAgain is not the end of the gun violence movement, it is a new beginning.”

Christian Omoruyi

Christian Omoruyi is a graduate from Columbus East High School in Columbus, Indiana. He currently attends American University majoring in International Relations. As a foreign policy intern at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. and a National Youth Delegate of the 2017 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment, he interacted with elected officials, executive branch officials, and dignitaries from around the world. After Parkland and Noblesville, he was compelled to engage in activism against gun violence, organizing a walkout at his high school and speaking at rallies against gun violence. Christian is excited to be a part of We LIVE and can be contacted on Instagram at @prezomoruyi.

Since the Summit and Beyond 

The youth delegates present at the summit remain in close contact. They’ve been meeting with local representatives, empowering local student groups and expanding their model to address gun violence and create safer communities.

If you’re passionate about getting involved with the gun violence movement, reach out to these amazing youth leaders.

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