In response to the gun violence in our schools; and our communities Lori Zeno, Director of Queens Law Associates (QLA) wants to ensure our youth have a voice that is heard. QLA will be taking a road trip to Washington, DC. See below for more details
Far Rockaway, Queens: March 24th, 2018 QLA’s Teen Mentors will join the March For Our Lives in Washington, DC. This is a long overdue youth-led movement that our youth participants believe in. Not only is this about the gun violence in schools across the country, but for Far Rockaway youth in particular, it is about the gun violence in their communities. Since the start of 2018, we have lost 2 young lives under the age of 16 to senseless gun violence.
The teens attending this March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end this epidemic of mass school shootings and senseless gun violence.
Being a community-based organization in Far Rockaway, QLA staff see firsthand the challenges our teens face every day. QLA hosts community outreach events, provide staff 5 days a week in our student lounge at FDA VI in Far Rockaway HS (social workers, staff attorneys and an outreach worker), Youth Justice Court in the school and the community, among other avenues of being involved in local teens’ lives. Our general mission is to provide legal services to those who cannot afford it; but for our Far Rockaway programming it is to empower our youth, teach them their rights and be a segway to a brighter future.
Director Lori Zeno called on the QLA Community Liaison, Marissa Bernowitz and said: “We must take the teens to DC.” We announced it to the youth in our programs, had them submit essays on what the march would mean for them, and planned our weekend to DC. We will be departing from Far Rockaway on Friday, March 23rd and returning Monday, March 26th.
What will we do for the weekend? First order of business is to prep for the March For Our Lives. We will make signs and t-shirts for the march. We will have open discussions on what it means to be a part of this movement. Saturday we will attend the March in Washington, DC. On Sunday we will decide which museums or national monuments to visit. We will be returning after breakfast on Monday ready to share our experiences.
Any questions or comments in regards to this can be directed to Marissa Bernowitz, QLA Community Outreach Liaison via (718)261-3047 ext. 608 or via e-mail MBernowitz@qlanyc.org