Dozens of student-leaders and elected officials came together to discuss issues affecting the U.S.
Pitt County Youth for Justice and Change held their second ‘Rally For Humanity’.
Establishing a healthy dialogue was the goal for the rally.
Education and raising awareness together is what the organization wants to accomplish.
Family separation, hunger, poverty, homelessness, racism, sexism, antisemitism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, substance abuse disorders, domestic violence, gun violence, climate change, health, education, and judicial inequality rounded out the focal points of the rally.
2018 marked the first year of the rally following the ‘March for Our Lives’ gathering in Washington, D.C.
Ellie Edmonston is the president of the Pitt County Youth Justice and Change.
“We want those in charge to listen to young people,” said Edmonston. “We are asking that you don’t ignore them just because we’re not able to vote, we still have a voice and have relevant ideas about these issues.”
The group is organized by students who are concerned for the safety and equality of their peers and is supported by the Interfaith Clergy of Greenville.
The primary purpose of our organization is to provide students with a voice in the decision making of Pitt County and to spread awareness of three key issues:
Mistreatment of minorities in schools
School safety and gun violence
Faye Bordeaux is the advisor of the Pitt County Youth For Justice and Change.
“Right now there is a lot of divisiveness in our country,” said Bordeaux. “We want to combat against the divisiveness and help unite our nation.”
Organizers say working together through education, awareness, and prevention with compassion, acceptance, and support is key to solving the issues.