We need to take back Congress from corporations and special interests it’s literally getting us killed.
We will win
The fact that saying #BlackLivesMatter is controversial is a testament to the current state of America. Today I attended a protest for #RyanTwyman who was unarmed and shot by the police 34 times— Mr. Twyman’s life was stolen by the LA county sheriffs department from his three young children. It upsets me that people today think that they would be on the front lines if the civil rights movement was happening today when in reality it still is but they’re not there.
Let’s get this Texas toast
For those of y’all that ask what my main form of self-care is— it’s *attempting* to grow bonsai and getting inspiration from bonsai gardens like the one where I took this photo in Pasadena. And heavy amounts of therapy
I’m really bad at taking photos and using Instagram — Anyway let’s stop fascism by voting it out register at marchforourlives.com the future will thank you.
Davos, where the worlds best tax evaders meet up once a year to act like they want to stop the issues they helped create. But also this view.
Daily persistence is key to growth. #bonsai
Live Tomorrow at 7:00 pm est! Shamega Francis is currently an Outreach Worker for Erica Ford’s Life Camp Inc. working with the Crisis Managment System advocating for communities in South Jamaica, Queens fighting against gun violence. Shamega is also a full time barber, radio show coordinator and host. She writes and records music and does poetry in various NYC venues. She was awarded at the Recognize The Real awards by Senator Bill Perkins and The Board of Parole for formerly incarcerated individuals making great strides in society. She has also received a certificate of appreciation from the Mayors Office Of Criminal Justice and The NYC Dept. Of Health & Mental Hygiene. Shamega currently mentors currently incarcerated inmates in Rikers weekly hoping to re-enter society rehabilitated. In March 2019 she erected a barber program in South Jamaica Queens, teaching youths a trade that will be a resource to their communities and lives. Her Journey is yet to be fulfilled.
There are too many communities that have gone through too much for gun violence not to end.
Violence is a public health issue! Great working with you today @cureviolencenola and @ericaford_ilovemylife
Hogwash is back tomorrow at 7:00pm eastern! . Damayanti Wallace is a poet/spoken word artist, screenwriter and youth organizer in Chicago working with GoodKids MadCity. Damayanti has recently won three gold keys through the Scholastic Writing Awards and a winner for YoungArts play/script 2019. Over the past year she has traveled nationally and internationally using her platform as an artist and activist to promote violence prevention and the promotion of resources in underfunded communities. Her work hit closer to home when GoodKids MadCity member Delmonte Johnson was killed in September of 2018. She is honing her skills as a artist and activist by consistently pushing the narrative of black and brown youth living healthy, successful lives and putting them in spaces that don’t usually appreciate that narrative. She plans on pursuing a career in screenwriting, directing and production and hopes to have her own television production company in the future.
Went from joking about getting into Harvard throughout high school to actually going 😊 #Harvard2023
Tonight at 7:00pm, catch #HoggWash on my live. @marcelmcclinton is a gun violence prevention activist in Houston, TX. He currently serves on Mayor Turner’s Commission to End Gun Violence, works with a number of gun violence prevention groups across the country, and seeks to highlight cases of gun violence that aren’t recognized everyday. McClinton is officially a candidate for Houston City Council at just 17 years old. . See you there! . #hoggwash
I had an incredible time in Perguia for The International Journalism festival with @jackiecorin. While at the festival I had an interesting time reflecting on the past year of my life and also how I wanted to go into broadcast journalism before the shooting because of my love of storytelling and photojournalism. Wondering if it's something I'll ever be able to actually pursue after we end gun violence. Often when I'm at events young people ask me ”How do I get involved how do I create change in my own community?” My answer is always: Step 1: Join your student newspaper or debate team and/or watch the news everyday. This does an essential thing: it gives you micro and macro knowledge of what's going on in your community and your country enabling you to understand the current issues you, your friends and other adults face. Realize that if you scare politicians or local politicians you're doing something right, because nobody gets things done quicker in politics than a scared politician. Step 2: Select one issue to work on addressing in your community and realize as much as you might want to take the lead on addressing multiple issues, that you probably can't. Step 3: Research both sides of an issue and data around it. Based on this information, come up with a clear and specific solution with set deadlines for politicians to sign onto. Probably one of the most important things that I’ve learned over the past year is that if politicians say they have a plan but it is not clear and specific, it doesn’t exist. Just like when Democrats said they cared about gun violence following Sandy Hook but did jack shit. Which leads me to my next point. Step 4: Attacking the sources of evil, aka MLK's 3rd principle of non-violence. Movements don’t ask for a seat at the table; they build their own. Once you have the clear and specific solutions put together, ask your politicians to pass it or work with you to pass it, If/When they refuse to do either (which almost always happens) organize against them, boycott the companies funding their campaigns, vote them out and if you have to run for office and implement your plan.
Kurt Cobain died 25 years ago, yet another person taken from us way too soon, and by a gun/suicide no less. One thing that’s often left out of the conversation when it comes to gun violence is the fact that 2/3 of gun deaths are suicides. It deeply upsets me that the only time that we ever hear the conversation around mental health and gun violence is about white mass shooters, rather than the victims of suicide/shootings or the people that survive. I’ve learned over the past year that most gun violence is rooted in (political, social, economic) injustices, which breed violence and mental health problems as a result of the pain they create. The only real solutions to truly solving and violence in the United States or anywhere for that matter, is addressing, these injustices. Communities should have equal political power no matter how rich or poor they are, no matter their zip code. Actual racial justice should be brought into our country and into our history. A history where the multiple horrific genocides America was founded on are actually addressed and taught in our history books. No peace will ever be reached in these United States unless less we include these injustices in our conversation around violence and constantly strive to achieve these goals for everyone. The only way that this will ever change is if we stand up, run for office, and vote against corruption and injustice. I don’t believe in voting for either political party, only morally just leaders that care about solving injustices and achieving peace. “The duty of youth is to challenge corruption” - Kurt Cobain
Tomorrow I’ll be interviewing @ybmk.kahlil live at 7:00pm EST! On Instagram live. In July 2016, Kahlil G. started an organization reaching out to young African American men in Pittsburgh who believed in being active in their communities. A few months in, Kahlil knew his organization had to grow. Kahlil and Tamia Coleman created a branch for female activists and united under the name of Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens. . “Our awareness of how we are often depicted in mainstream media, and even perceived by some of our peers. YBMKQ is our attempt to counteract this narrative by embracing our agency and inviting others to do the same, no matter their circumstance or background. . Our primary mission is engaging high school aged youth in becoming the leaders of tomorrow while serving the community.” . Kahlil began the organization his uncle was murdered at gunpoint in 2013. . Tune in and follow him and @ybmkq.412
Corruption is the winter Young people are the spring that will create a blossoming democracy but only if we vote. Register at marchforourlives.com
HEADS UP! Starting this Friday at 7:00pm eastern, I’ll be hosting a weekly live interview with a fellow youth activist on my IG Live! #HoggWash Follow me @davidmileshogg
We’re here in DC with the March For Our Lives DC to hold our elected officials accountable. It’s been one year since the March but we have a lot farther to go. Help us get there. Join or create a chapter at marchforourlives.com
Together in the year since this photo was taken we -Registered over 85,000 GVP voters -Passed 68 state GVP laws -Nearly doubled 18-29 y/o turnout -Had a 63 day bus tour across the USA -Voted out the most NRA pawns ever And they said we were too young to change anything... Join the movement, join or start a chapter at marchforourlives.com
Please do this!
The last month has been crazy busy Btw have y'all seen the NRA’s new HQ? I took a photo when I was in Fairfax it's the last photo in this series.
@lifecampinc is an incredible violence intervention organization in Jamica-Queens that I encourage everyone to follow
In a room full of members of congress, the young people were the most powerful.
I just found Coloring Without Borders and it’s pretty much the perfect last minute gift if anyone is looking. Kids love it, and 100% of proceeds go directly to supporting the reunification of families via @fams2gether You can get one at coloringwithoutborders.org
Equality and justice for all.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
@lauren.hoggg and I thinking about the future of young people.
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Civically active in Seattle. Great event last night with @marchforourlives_seattle
The art made today for #GetArtTheVote on this #turnouttuesday is awesome.
Back in my Texas days.
Happy #turnouttuesday everyone!
#TheYoungPeopleWillWin Jake Rybczyk (18) is the Director of Budget at Saddleback College ASG. Organizing walkouts, registering students (over 750) & helps grassroots causes. Now he's running for San Clemente City Council and he's 100% people-funded.
#TheYoungPeopleWillWin As an 18-year-old running for city council in Mission Viejo, California Mahmoud El-Farra wants to be a leader that inspires disenfranchised minorities and young people to get involved in the political process. @elfarra4mv
Thank you Bishops University for having me come and speak today and shout-out to the amazing students who came out tonight in the rain. By working together young people around the world can solve the issues we face.
Obliterate corruption with your vote November 6th. Check out @genderthrash they’re an awesome activist.
Lisa Murkowski 202-224-6665 Susan Collins: 202-224-2523 Bob Corker: 202-224-3344 Jeff Flake: 202-224-4521
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Thank you so much to the US conference on AIDS for inviting me to come and speak! If you’re not aware of how the #transgender community is affected by gun violence please check out this website hrc.org/resources/viol…
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The young people will win.