On 50th Anniversary, RFK Human Rights Honors March for Our Lives, Young Activists
Groups of young activists involved in gun control, immigration, the environment, and race relations were honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in a ceremony that took place on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s final campaign victory and tragic death.
Those recognized included students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for demanding action on gun violence and for their work in organizing March for Our Lives.
Cameron Kasky, an organizer of the march, told the crowd that his generation was “often shrugged off as selfish, image-obsessed, and ignorant people.” He said, “our generation has inspired each other by standing up, to keep moving forward, to keep bolstering the voices of others our age, and to work with people from other generations.”
Also honored was Color of Change, the racial and economic justice group; United We Dream, which has been organizing Dreamers to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program; and the International Indigenous Youth Council, which had staged protests at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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