Young Women in LB do the Math on Guns

Feb. 26, 2013 / By

Just last year, 14 youth in Long Beach where killed by gun shots ranging from age 16-25. That’s more than one youth a month that could have been a doctor, lawyer, nurse or NBA super star.

While national debate on gun control continues to blaze across headlines, VoiceWaves has decided to include a voice that hasn’t yet been highlighted in the debate: young women.

In these video above, four local young women share their experience and thoughts on gun culture in Long Beach.

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Alyson Bryant

Alyson Bryant was raised in Long Beach and is a graduate of Long Beach Poly High. Alyson has learned and seen a lot since high school, witnessing first-hand gang violence and the effects it had on her friends and fellow classmates– from going to jail to being killed. As a result, she has a strong passion for at-risk youth and her community. She is a youth mentor for at the California Conference for Equality and Justice and focuses her work on Long Beach youth in schools and detention centers. Since high school, she has obtained a A.S. degree in criminal justice and is now working on her B.A. With the opportunity she has be given by VoiceWaves, she is able to tell story about Long Beach and the issues it faces and speak for the communities whose voices are often marginalized.