Last night I had the opportunity to speak in my hometown of Westwood on gun violence and reform in America. I was beyond humbled by the experience. Many angles, many ideas, many emotions but an overall feeling of optimism and positivity filled the room as students, politicians, teachers, mothers, police officers, a pastor and a local hip-hop/pop artist spoke from the heart and with conviction on the senseless gun violence in America and the fear our youth has adopted within their respective schools after events like Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and most recently Parkland, just to name a few. I got to see first hand the depth to this problem and how much pain it’s caused and continues to cause. Truly heartbreaking. Even through the tears and heartache, I feel it was such a necessary step in the right direction and for me specifically, so much more fulfilling than any song, video, show and dollar will ever be. Thank you Mayor @johnbirkner for allowing me to give my perspective on behalf of the entertainment industry and thank you #MomsDemandAction for doing exactly what you guys so amazingly do, taking action!! Thank you to County Executive Jim Tedesco, Pastor Rodney Haveman, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Mayor Diane DiDio, Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle, Esther Fletcher, Debra Kwapniewski, Danya Orlak of the Bergen County Education Association, Sergeant Scott McNiff, Jeanne Theisen of Sandy Hook Promise, Dennis Hirschfelder of The Brady Campaign, Lisa O’ Donoghue and Larisa Mendez Downs of Moms Demand Action and Samantha Marks of Northern Valley Demarest HS, Sean Sheilkowitz & Avery Paulen of Pascack Hills HS and Eric Kopp of Westwood Regional HS for speaking and giving your powerful voices to this matter. We collectively can make a real difference and like I said last night, “it starts from within” photos by : @julian.putnam#makeadifference#stoptheviolence#bxxb
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- Keandra was driving down the highway several years back when her boyfriend at the time became erratic and grabbed the wheel and intentionally drove their car off the road into a forest slamming into a tree. Keandra suffered spinal cord injuries and was paralyzed and the boyfriend was incarcerated.
Today she is raising her kids with the help of her cousin, who acts as a full time caregiver and the kindness of neighbours. She also looks after her elderly mother who also lives in the same house. She lives in a community where 30% of the population live below the poverty line.
"I want my kids to have a better life than I did. The American Dream is still alive I think out there. Equality despite differences is a really desirable thing. History has shown that by accepting the differences and acknowledgement of others can lead to prosperity...this is my hope for my kids". . #americandreamsproject