In Chicago, Teenage Peace Warriors Are Working To End Gun Violence

"We need a city that cares."

A Chicago teen is taking up the fight against gun violence in Chicago by spreading love.

Audrey Wright, a senior at North Lawndale College Prep High School, is the president of a student-led organization called Peace Warriors. The group helps console students who have lost loved ones to gun violence while also employing Martin Luther King Jr.'s methods of nonviolent reconciliation to diffuse situations.

"Last school year, we did 178 condolence runs out of the 183 school days," Wright said during a recent speech. "Most of them due to someone dying behind a bullet. But coming to Peace Warriors has helped me cope with my emotions."

Wright has called on Chicago's city leaders to take up the fight against gun violence by putting more resources into minority communities and public schools.

"We need a city that cares," Wright said. "So I'm challenging our new government officials to listen to our voices that understand the pain that we have to go through every day and do something about it."

You can watch her full speech in the video above. 

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