Gun violence is an ever-growing issue within the United States. According to the organization Everytown for Gun Safety, 100 Americans lose their lives to gun violence daily and hundreds more are shot and injured. A Washington, D.C.-based teenager is on a mission to address the problem through the creation of an apparel brand, Because of Them We Can reported.
RuQuan Brown launched a clothing line called Love1. Through his brand, he sells shirts, hoodies, wristbands, stickers and other accessories to support communities that have been ravaged by gun violence. A percentage of his sales are donated to the New Jersey-based organization One Gun Gone; a gun violence prevention public art project which buys guns out of communities and transforms them into art pieces. “Our goal has been to take one gun off the street, make artwork from it and then sell that artwork to raise money to buy more guns off the streets with a police sanctioned gun buyback,” read the project’s website.
For Brown, launching Love1 and collaborating with One Gun Gone was personal. His stepfather and teammate were both shot and killed. The tragedies motivated Brown to take action. “My company is called Love1. I started it to honor the lives of my teammate and stepdad, who were murdered a year apart. I wanted to beat gun violence to the punch so that our families don’t have to continuously fall victim to tragic losses,” he told Because of Them We Can in an interview. “We’re eliminating a small fragment of the problem in order to reduce the amount of our loved ones being taken from us.”
Brown is not only leading by example in his local community through his activism, but he’s also making strides academically. He has been accepted into 24 colleges, including seven Ivy League institutions, and has garnered 16 scholarships. He’s also a star athlete and is a part of his school’s track and football teams.
It’s A No, Bruh: Twitter Is Not Feeling Deval Patrick Running For President
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Dear future Democratic hopefuls,— DR. Waitman Wade Beorn (Amputate to heal) (@waitmanb) November 14, 2019
I am sorry but your application for a presidential fellowship is several months late and cannot be accepted. We have many qualified applicants and do not have time to consider your application. Please apply next round.https://t.co/OxxdgaGVFH
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The last time that @DevalPatrick considered a presidential run, he called it off one day after this @zachdcarter report was published. He may be hoping that you forgot that he made money helping a GOP billionaire rip off black middle-class folks. I didn’t. https://t.co/s60rSZjNvM— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) November 12, 2019
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Why can't Deval Patrick and Eric Holder just support Kamala, instead of running? Nobody ask for this bullshit, and black men will run to assist a Becky or Karen, but keep their feet on a Black Queen's neck...smh— Corey Bu-Shea (@coreybking) November 11, 2019
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First, billionaire Tom Steyer.— Alex Kotch (@alexkotch) November 11, 2019
Then, even richer billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
Today, it's Deval Patrick, who has worked for:
—Subprime mortgage lender ACC Capital Holdings
—Bain Capital (current) https://t.co/62NBQq4kc3
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I definitely feel like I know people with enormous egos, but then I read about Deval Patrick and Mike Bloomberg jumping in the presidential primary, and suddenly I feel like a little girl who has never seen a big city before— Rachel Cohen (@rmc031) November 13, 2019
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I love Deval Patrick but I feel like it may be too late for him to get into the race.... Not sure why he didn’t get in last year? https://t.co/pg4Jp57CZR— 👨🏻💻Gary_Smith74 (@GSmith_74) November 14, 2019
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I have always like Deval Patrick. I think he is pretty reasonable. There were rumors of him running a year ago. Why did he wait so long when his candidacy will be a long shot. https://t.co/UpbQhSo5lb— Will Thomas (@no1important701) November 14, 2019
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Deval Patrick’s candidacy is hilarious because a bunch of nerd DC insiders earnestly told him he’s needed and he has a real shot, but literally no one know who he is and he’ll drop out in 7 weeks after never cracking 2% in the polls— W.E.D.em Boyz (@LeftistWonk) November 14, 2019
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By jumping into the race at this late stage in the game, Deval Patrick is sending the clear and UNHELPFUL message that he doesn't like ANY of the candidates in the field now.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) November 14, 2019
The other message is that his rich buddies from Bain need a puppet in the game.
Get out, Deval.
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Teen Entrepreneur Launches Clothing Line To Combat Gun Violence was originally published on newsone.com