Woodland Hills Alumni Against Gun Violence
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We, the alumni of Woodland Hills School District, have drafted this statement and invite others to support it by signing below.
First and foremost, we express our sympathy and love to the family of Antwon Rose Jr.
Antwon’s life was precious and valued, and this world was made better because he was in it. Many of us did not know Antwon personally, but that does not dampen our love for him as a neighbor or our empathy for his family. They are part of us. He was one of us. A Wolverine. He is us.
Secondly, we stand in complete opposition to the gun violence which has paralyzed our home community. Gun violence disproportionately affects minority communities across our country, and we can no longer stand by as our neighbors, family, friends, and future are living in fear for their lives. While many societal issues create ideal scenarios for violence to occur, we call for unity across the cultural, political, socio-economic, and religious spectrum to bring about its end. We are more alike than different, and we must all have a voice in this community. Regardless of differing opinions, we recognize that we are stronger if we speak together as one voice regarding injustices, and we will work to dispel the evils that plague our community through advocacy. With the partnership of our leaders, we must ensure the safety of all of our community members.
Further, we condemn those who profit, legally or illegally, from this violence in our community through the sales of weapons. The blood of our children is not for sale.
Finally, we unequivocally present our intense outrage for the actions of the East Pittsburgh Police Department. At no point in time should an individual be shot at by police while unarmed and without presenting eminent danger to the officer(s) or others. Antwon’s death was both unnecessary and illegal by the standards of the department itself.
Our lives have taken many of us to communities outside of Woodland Hills, outside of Pittsburgh, and outside of Pennsylvania. However, our hearts remain those of Wolverines. To those of you protesting and raising your voices in opposition to injustice in our community, we stand with you.
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