This speech must layout specific policies on how the current administration and the country will work to save the lives and improve the futures of Black and Latino youth.
We know that President Obama cannot solve the issue of gun violence alone. However, he can call the nation to consciousness about the need for a response to this crisis.
President Obama rightly went to Newtown to comfort the families who lost children in that horrible tragedy. It is now time he came home to Chicago and comforted the over 500 families who lost loved ones to violence in the last year alone.
It is time he talked honestly with the nation about all the factors that threaten the lives of young Black and Latino youth; namely gun violence and the availability of guns, the absence of living wage jobs, the shortcomings of our public education system, the mass incarceration of young people, and yes, the bad choices that young people make sometimes.
All of these failures diminish the humanity of Black and Latino youth as well as the moral leadership of the nation.
We are facing a crisis that demands the leadership of our President. Please stand up for and with Black and Latino youth by signing this petition.