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My name is Khary Penebaker. I’m the Everytown Survivor Fellow for WI, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America volunteer & proud WAVE board member.
#SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
I’m glad to see you all at this march, but I wish the context of it didn’t exist. I’m inspired by the young folks here & around the country who’ve mobilized and organized around the issue of gun violence prevention
You’ve shown more courage than our elected officials have. #SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
I marched for Jordan. #SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
For Virginia Tech. #SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
For Chicago. #SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
I marched for all the victims and for their families of everyday gun violence. #SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
I marched for Joyce. #SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
I am a gun violence survivor. My mom, Joyce, died by gun suicide & never got to see me grow into the man I am today. too many Parkland parents won't see their children grow up either. Thats why we have to keep going. We move from grief to action #SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
Ending gun violence isn’t political. THIS IS PERSONAL.
#SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
An America free from gun violence means picking your kids up from school and hearing about their latest art project, not the latest lockdown drill. #SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
It means a holiday table filled with family and laughter instead of a table with an empty seat and broken hearts.

It means holding your child’s diploma, instead of holding their death certificate.
#SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
It’s about celebrating who someone has become instead of mourning who they could have been.

It’s about our shared belief in our right to live free from the fear of a bullet.

#SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
It means watching your loved one get easy access to the mental health care they need instead of easy access to a firearm. #SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
When we scream NEVER AGAIN, it isn't just to stop another bullet from piercing the flesh of a student or person in our community, it is saying ENOUGH of being divided by merchants of death
#SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
& ENOUGH of the lies spread by feckless leaders who accept money from the blood-soaked hands of the gun death lobby buying our politicians. #SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
We have marched for truth, for science, for taxes, WE HAVE MARCHED FOR WOMEN... and it has come to this.

We now have to march for our lives and the lives of our children.
#SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
Marching isn’t the last step. It’s the beginning of a long road towards ending the deadly epidemic of gun violence. Today we marched. In November, we VOTE! We must vote like our lives depend on it, b/c it does. Contact your elected officials. Then contact them again
Not one more moment of silence. America has been silent too long as our loved ones are dying at the end of a barrel of a gun. Not one more empty thought and hollow prayers. #SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
#NotOneMore moment of them telling us “now isn’t the time to talk about it”, because every 16 minutes someone is shot & killed in America. It’s already too late. We must embrace that fierce urgency of now. #SurvivorStrong #MarchForOurLives
It is time for change, and change is coming. We are the change. We are the ones we've been waiting for. And it's our time to make this world better a place for us all. We are #SurvivorStrong

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Oct 1, 2018
1 year ago today, innocent people went to the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. A gunman fired more than 1,100 rounds killing 58 people and leaving 851 injured from gunfire and the resulting panic. Let us remember their names:
Charleston Hartfield, 34, Las Vegas
Brett Schwanbeck, 61, Bullhead City, Ariz.
Austin Meyer, 24, Reno
Pati Mestas, 67, Menifee, CA
Nicol Kimura, 38, Placentia, CA
Christopher Hazencomb, 44, Camarillo, CA
Keri Galvan, 51, Thousand Oaks, CA
Tara Roe Smith, 34, Okotoks, Alberta, CAN
Andrea Castilla, 28, Huntington Beach, California
Carly Kreibaum, 33, Sutherland, Iowa
Steve Berger, 44, Milwaukee, WI
Brian Fraser, 39, Walnut, CA
Derrick "Bo" Taylor, 56, Oxnard, California
Denise Cohen, 58, Carpinteria, CA
Laura Shipp, 50, Thousand Oaks, CA
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Jun 27, 2018
Never give up hope. When we give up, there are countless others whose lives will be hurt far more than they are now. This is when we find out what we are made of. Get involved & channel your anger into electing candidates at all levels of government.
Let's elect candidates who will fight for universal healthcare, who will fight to end gun violence, who will fight for women's rights, who will fight for our union brothers & sisters, who will fight for #Dreamers & those who want to come to America for a better life
Don't allow this dark cloud that this current administration has caused to be the reason we stop fighting. That's what they want & what they're counting on. Let's show them that America is truly better than racism, xenophobia, trans & homophobia, Islamophobia & outright hatred
Read 7 tweets
Jun 25, 2018
On this day, June 25th, 1952, my mom, Joyce was born. Today would've been her 66th birthday. But sadly, she will forever be 27 b/c she shot & killed herself on Sept 8th 1979. This is the 39th birthday that I don't get to spend with her.
This the 39th year that I won't get to sing #HappyBirthday to her. Its only the 4th year that I've actually known her birthdate. Thanks to the @AMarch4OurLives students & an audience of strangers, I finally got to enjoy singing my mom Happy Birthday.
We take those moments for granted, but for me, this will be with me for the rest of my life. A group of strangers felt compelled to do something so amazing & life-changing for me & my mom. To allow me the chance to just live in that moment & enjoy something that I've never done
Read 14 tweets
Jun 17, 2018
This #SundayMorning let us remember the #Emanuel9. The 9 innocent people who were shot & killed by a man armed w a gun & filled w hate. Let us remember them. Let us ask for grace & remember what it was like to have a president who possessed the words to speak to our broken hearts
Clementa C. Pinckney found that grace
Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd found that grace
Read 20 tweets
May 31, 2018
I got an orange tattoo for my friend @fred_guttenberg whose daughter Jaime was shot & killed in the Parkland mass shooting. I didn't get the honor of meeting Jaime, but I've met Fred & I proudly stand with him. It's position right under Dawn's name!
#NeverAgain #NeverAgainMSD
The good pain of this tattoo is nothing compared to the never-ending pain Fred & his family have to now endure. This weekend is #WearOrange weekend & I thought it was fitting that I got an orange tattoo to start the weekend & to honor Jaime. #SurvivorStrong
After Jaime's murder, Fred started Orange Ribbons For Jaime which is a 501(C)(3) foundation whose purpose will be to support causes important to Jaime in life, but also causes that will deal with why her life was tragically cut short.
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May 27, 2018
School shootings...

Columbine High School.
Heritage High School.
Deming Middle School.
Fort Gibson Middle School.
Buell Elementary School.
Lake Worth Middle School.
University of Arkansas.
Junipero Serra High School.
Santana High School.
Bishop Neumann High School.
Pacific Lutheran University.
Granite Hills High School.
Lew Wallace High School.
Martin Luther King, Jr. High School.
Appalachian School of Law.
Washington High School.
Conception Abbey.
Benjamin Tasker Middle School.
University of Arizona.
Lincoln High School.
John McDonogh High School.
Red Lion Area Junior High School.
Case Western Reserve University.
Rocori High School.
Ballou High School.
Randallstown High School.
Bowen High School.
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