Edna Chavez, Activist and Student. 17-year-old Edna was one of the student leaders to speak at the March for Our Lives:
"I have lived in south Los Angeles my entire life and have lost many loved ones to gun violence. This is normal. It's normal to the point that I learned to duck from bullets before I learned how to read. My brother. He was in high school when he passed away. It was a day like any other day. The sunset was going down on south central. You hear pops thinking they were fire works. They weren't pops. You see the melanin on your brother's skin turn grey. Ricardo was his name. Can y'all say it with me? I lost more than my brother that day. I lost my hero. I also lost my mother, my sister, and myself to that trauma and that anxiety."
“Trauma is heavy, it’s like the elephant in the room, let’s identify the elephant in the room; let’s not ignore it. Ignoring it just makes the elephant get big. If we talk about [trauma], it doesn’t become the elephant in the room. That elephant in the room is going to get smaller and smaller and smaller.”
Teen Vogue, Photo via LA Times