Teenage group launches protest movement in multiple R.I. cities to keep awareness of black lives

Gen Z

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A series of new protests organized by a group called “Gen Z – We Want To Live” are coming over the next several days.

The group, started and run by teenage girls wants to raise awareness of the issues that black people and young people face. The protests were originally planned for 7 predominately white cities in Rhode Island over the course of 7 days, combined with educational seminars and town-hall style discussions.

Sunday’s event in Cumberland was canceled out of safety concerns because of the heat. They say the protests are needed in order to keep ongoing issues in the public eye.

Jaychele Nicole, Organizers – Gen Z We Want To Live said, “This isn’t done yet. We’re not slowing down. It’s none of that. We’re still working. Even though the work isn’t publicized as much anymore, it seems like we’re working more behind-the-scenes, the work is still being done. And, we still need to put pressure on politicians who are beginning to believe that this is just here one day and gone tomorrow. This is going to be a fight for the rest of our lives.”

The group is working to address 13 different policy initiatives, and hopes to eventually expand across the nation.

You can learn more by visiting their website.

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