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William Adams
Founder and Chief Executive Officer at I.AM.PLUS
Naomi Wadler
Activist
Tania Bryer
Host and Executive Producer at CNBC

Creative innovator, futurist and entertainer; technology investor. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, I.AM+, engaged in merging the worlds of technology, artificial intelligence (AI)-based conversational voice commerce computing for enterprise, retail, travel and consumer applications. Member: World Economic Forum Fourth Industrial Revolution Advisory Committee and Global Artificial Intelligence Council. Advisor, Bias & Ethics to Stradigi AI. Honorary Fellow, Institutions of Engineering and Technology. Recipient: seven Grammy Awards; Emmy; CLIO; World Economic Forum Crystal Award (2016). As an advocate for STEAM education, started i.am.angel Foundation, which uses project-based learning modules to deliver STEAM education for at-risk youth via dedicated STEM Academy preparatory schools, after-school tutoring and enrichment activities within the US. At-risk students participate in project-based learning modules for robotics, coding, app development, geographic information system mapping, and study Mandarin Chinese. Keeping child safety and protection at the forefront in the US as pertains to school and community shootings that urgently require gun safety law reform, Co-Executive Producer, "Parkland Rising", a documentary film about the students and families that survived a mass school shooting and their journey as advocates for US gun safety reform. Interests: promoting the health and planetary benefits of a plant-based (Vegan) diet; alternative energy-powered cars.

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A 13 year old social justice activist.

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Host and Executive Producer, “CNBC Meets..”; has interviewed President Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, President Jimmy Carter, Melinda Gates, Andrea Bocelli, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Maria Sharapova, will.i.am, Sherry Lansing, Naomi Campbell, H.R.H The Duke of York, Dolly Parton, Tamara Mellon OBE, Andre Agassi, Lang Lang, Diane von Furstenberg, Jon Bon Jovi , Aerin Lauder, Matt Damon, Cherie Blair CBE QC and Forest Whitaker. Concurrently, Anchor, “The CNBC Conversation”, interviewing newsmakers including H.S.H Prince Albert of Monaco, former South African President F.W de Klerk, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Hollywood icon Goldie Hawn, fashion titans Karl Lagerfeld, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Tom Ford, LVMH Chairman Bernard Arnault, comedian and author David Walliams and Sir David Tang. Also appears weekly on “Sky News Sunrise” and has contributed on Radio 4's “Today” programme, ITV's “This Morning”, and has appeared on BBC's “Celebrity Masterchef” and in a cameo on US television drama, “The Royals”. Presenter and moderator, hosts international events and forums, including: Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards; Women of the Future Awards; Women’s Forum, Deauville. Moderates debates at the World Economic Forum in Davos and chairs panels for charities and organizations including Invest Africa, Intelligence Squared and The Philanthropreneurship Forum.

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Join a conversation with musician will.i.am (executive producer of 'Parkland Rising') and young activist Naomi Wadler on the fight to end gun violence, and how they are influencing policy change and inspiring the next generation.

Speakers: Naomi Wadler, will.i.am and Tanya Bryer

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The session is on the flight to end gun violence, and how they are influencing policy, change and inspiring. The Next Generation you can share your thoughts and ideas on the session using the hashtag hashtag West 23rd open Forum with thrilled to be here in the auditorium of the Swiss Alpine High School here in Devil. There's of course, and overall focus on youth at this year's open Forum with 10, teenage changemakers attending the annual meeting 2020, including, of course near me what a wonderful guest today. Now, I know named me that you were here earlier, took place in the

powerview session at the open forum and now more than ever with seeing that the power of Youth having addressing many of the world's current challenges. So we are so delighted to be here and to me So many young people in audience and I'm sure online as well. Now, I just like to give you a brief introduction to our very special guests. As I said, they are me who's an activist, she's just sixteen years old and she started when she let a student Walker Elementary School in Virginia, when she was 11

to mop the one-month anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory, Stoneman, High School in Parkland, Florida with 18 minutes, long, 17 minutes for each student and teacher who lost their lives. And another minute for Cortland Arrington, a black student who was murdered shortly after the Parkland shooting in Alabama. High School. Naomi's mission is to empower African. Black girls and she hopes more people will join her effort to remember Cortland and the many victims that have been lost to

gun violence. William is founder and chief executive officer of iron plus and a cultural leader. He's also as we know a musical genius and in my humble opinion, Will I've known you many years on to me? He's a relations man. He's a creative Innovative future. Futuristic Entertainer and World economic Forum, Crystal would win in 2018 for his philanthropy as an advocate. For steam education, his I am Angel Foundation, the NIV esteem programs, and support youth. He's co-executive producer on pop Rising

film about the students and families, that survived, the mass shooting at the school and the journey as advocates for us gun, safety reform. So please, once again, welcome our special guest. Now just before we start the discussion, I like to give you a context of why we are here this evening. And we would like to show a trailer for the parts and Rising documentary. As I mention, William, is a co-producer of the documentary about The Optimist of the February 14th,

2018 school shooting at the school in pots in Florida, the shooting that claimed the lives of 17 people at ignited, a movement against gun violence, the slogan for the documentary reads. The young people will win, as a reminder of all the young activist who are fighting for change in American policy, in order to ensure a safe future for generations to come. So please, let's see the trailer. High School. More people died at our children died at Columbine. Think about that.

We lost my son Joaquin. One main thing is to keep away from hate hating anybody. He's very easy to fall into that. If we don't take action now these things are going to continue. People tell me things like they want to kill my son, really hard to take as a parent cuz we're Target. I love you. All eyes were on us. People were like, I was like, We're here to get it down. You can hear the people in power shake. We've lost our friends. What else do we have to lose?

Everyday. We wake up. We pray and then we start or bottle. Every single day. This is a mess. We weren't able to see that day and graduation. Jesus Christ. Is there another school shooting today? 4 million people, turn 18 this year. The young people will always win. Look unto all of us has had a very emotional reaction to that training them in will, I want to know how you feel went? When you see, I feel empowered, a lot of the kids from Parkland, am very close to Emma, David. Jackie Lauren, there's some of my best friends and

so it's, it's hard watching them, go through all that pain, but I feel very liberated being able to help them and being able to communicate with them and be an ally. Because even though I'm not fully able to comprehend what it's like, I think the collaboration of people even if you don't know what an experience is life, being able to try your best to understand and to support them through their Journey, you will, you spend time with them, as you said, you talked to young age,

I was used to it. I mean, living in the US. When I remember being my mom's office, it was Valentine's Day. I was opening up the gifts that I got from my classmates and I saw it on the TV and of course, I was horrified, but it's something that it happened so many times before in the country and so, with the scary part, was it I was numb to it and it was it was almost Monday and and I had seen it before I was in, I was five years old, when the shooting at Sandy Hook took place and I remember a bunch of parents coming to pick their kids up early at my elementary school when I was in second

grade, A Man 2 blocks away from the school shot, two women and was running around in the neighborhood and so we were on lockdown and there were a lot of time. There was a SWAT team who came into the school and so I I mean it's horrifying like I said because I I was used to it and it didn't really affect me and I would do if I was used to seeing it. So being with the kids and being able to talk to them and share their pain, and really be able to motivate ourselves and realize that we deserve better than this was a really great. Well it's interesting. The how name is

saying that she was became desensitized to the town? Poison is it for you to produce the film like this? quote seeing seeing You know, people cry out. And no response. It just breaks my heart. It makes me feel. Like I want to do more, but confused on where to do more, but you still do all that you can because it really messes with your mind. Cuz it doesn't make any sense at all. So many kids have lost their lives just for going to school. and we know,

How we quickly changed in a? The way we travel because of 911. We can't even go on airplanes with lotion. Because safety, and that's good. Got to get from one place to another but for a kid in America to get from one place to another and get equipped with the skills that there left In Harm's Way. That confuses me. I don't get it. So I'm going to continue to do all that I can whether it's make documentaries songs. Like, Big love. I made a song with an amazing young girl. Her name is Baby Kaely. She was 6 years old at the time

about Sandy Hook. and nothing happened, but if It makes me feel like. Can we not move the needle? Can we not move this Popsicle? But I'm not going to give up, you know, so in the kids from Parkland, really inspired me. Because after Sandy Hook, I didn't I lost hope. but they they they put energy and made it to to support their cause, and remember what it was probably like for me, when I went to school, I was Does the school shooting at summer school? I went to Fairfax was 1992

and a kid lost his life at school. It happened so much in America. And we are desensitized. Maybe you did the work out for 17 minutes but you did that extra minutes. According what did that mean to you? So growing up, I've seen so many black girls are rather the point is I haven't seen so many black girls, I'm stories. I haven't seen them grow. I haven't, I had, I didn't know their names. And so when I hurt more in the Cortland past, she maybe had this tiny section of the bottom of the newspaper. Describing her name. What

happened in? That was about it and that's that's what I usually see. I usually see African American girls, not getting any attention. I usually see them experienced so much violence and it not being paid attention to and so JonBenet Ramsey what happened to her was a tragedy but we're still hearing about it almost 30 years afterwards because she was a little white girl that passed away and her life matters so much more than any other black girl who dies in the inner city than any other black girl who dies on the way. School, we don't hear about them, their statistics,

their numbers. And so, I really wanted to bring light to Cortland story and make sure that she wasn't forgotten like millions of other girls to really believe that that, that is that opinion out that that it a white light masses move. So when black lives matter, first came to the center of the activist World, there was a counter-movement, all lives matter which just showed how threatened people were that we were speaking on behalf of people of color. It showed that they, they didn't want to be seen as the bad guys. I mean, people often get really

uncomfortable having race conversations because they feel like we're accusing them like we're saying, you are racist, your ancestors were racist and you are the bad guy. When in actuality, we're not saying that, but that's the common belief and blasted the conversation goes. And if that's the feeling you think you could move forward, Will, what do you think? Invest in inner cities. It all just follow the dollar. So if you go to Palisades in Brentwood where I was lucky to go to school, you know, kid gets 8 to $10,000 a year for the education, but in the ghettos, what is black and

brown. You go to school in your neighborhood, the truth, born and raised. It's five to six thousand dollars for your education. And those kids are In Harm's Way. Is more homicides in the inner cities when you if you follow the investment and those kids that lose their lives. You don't really hear anything about lot of my friends that I grew up with that, were brown and black friends. They lost their lives. They didn't talk about it on the news, so that is true. And those kids that have a five to six thousand dollars for your education or subject to juvenile hall

because they're In Harm's Way. And only have, you know, a life of crime to make money and then there's a jail cell that's privatized waiting for them on the other end to, which is really inhumane. You know, we're not going to invest in you but then you are going to help us make money in this privatize prison. That is that's just that doesn't sound like America. But that is America what year describes? Do you go to school? Why are using you get stopped at? If you're a girl for wearing a skirt that's too short or you can't graduate like I heard because you have dreads,

you're treated like, you're a criminal, your criminalize, even if you're innocent until then when you grow up, you've been treated your entire life you up, like you are just dangerous person and then you grow to become that. Cuz if you're told that you're real smart, you're probably going to believe that you're really smart. And so if you're told your entire life that you can only be this one thing and that you can only amount to this certain thing girls here but that's not for the

projects and I was told that you know, I was going to amount to nothing. I believe that shit you don't cuz my mom really my mom reinforce A different belief in myself. A lot of kids don't have that support at home life, so I was, I was lucky to have an awesome mom. I still have an awesome mom and attend to school before. All those kids that are we talkin about? It shouldn't be that way. It shouldn't be that way. In America. You know, I don't understand if this was some other

country that didn't Market itself as the freest country in the world. Yeah, I get it but this is America. Well, how do you think that you came out of it? I mean, I know that your mother was a huge influence. I've even traveled with you to where you grew up. What was it? You think that made you different? I want to take a different path to put it down to your mother encouragement. Love. Encouragement goes a long way. When you tell a kid where they're awesome. It could be any part. May seem insignificant on the grand scheme of things, but you tell a kid. They're awesome. And believe it, when you

tell him And and have them showcase their awesomeness. That goes millions and millions mouth. And Annabelle. If you're always pointing at a kids, you know, Lowe's in their problems and you make them feel like they never going to amount to anything. And the only folks that are there for them, are the gang that make them feel a part of something, then that that's the outcome. You have. Miami way to think that the fuel passion came from to make this difference to use your platform to change.

So, I was lucky enough to grow up in a household where my mom and my dad always had these conversations with me. I know a lot of kids are pretty sheltered, and they're not really aware of what's going on with politics, sir. I'm really anything outside of their own neighborhood outside of their own bubble. And so, in my household, the news is always on. And I remember after the Charlottesville riot in Virginia, my parents, we were all crying and we were all talking. And, I mean, it was that confusion and that angered, but I was able to channel it into something more and I was able to talk

about it. I think that like we said, conversations regarding rape aren't really had it specially if you don't have to worry about it. I mean, growing up as a black person in America. There's no other choice, but to confront it. But if you're going up in a white family and you're very privileged, you don't have to worry about any of that. You don't, you don't have You don't have to you just don't, you're very pretty Liz. You don't have to worry about all white people do. I do a lot of poor white folks, in America that they don't have to be really sensitive by saying, if you're white, then

you're right. There's a lot of folks that America that are struggling that are white too. And we need to, we need to the couple struggling. People are struggling people with your black white or brown part 2. Being black in America is get the added pressure. Of weaponized, everything. You know, they weaponize everything again, since the police's weaponize against us in our in our neighborhoods. That's the only best the biggest differentiation between poor blacks and poor wife is that the

police are weaponized against us in our own communities, and the folks are the police in our communities, do not come from our communities, and understand the conditions of our communities. And our communities are policed, 8sec warzone. What you think when you hear Naomi at 13 years old, what you think that they can achieve? So you don't like when they teach history. They teach about all the folks at fox fur equal rights. When you, when you learn about history, those people use, look at as adults. They weren't really adults. There was a use And so when I hear people like they owe

me and Greta, I'm like yeah, here comes the new Squad. The new, the new squad for this new air that were in. I'm like dang if I had a kid I want to be just like her. You like far? Awesome. What is the spine to the most will from what you've seen with Naomi and her fellow young activists you think so far as shoes? and, Her fearlessness connected to how much she loves. Because they could be a lot of anger connected to fearlessness and should be a different Naomi. There's so much love there of the things. She's fighting for her and she's fearless and who she has to fight

to bring resolution and that is what I like what I see in this girl. A name. Of course you have your peers who also trying to do what you're doing and to get these communities affected and to have schools, like was sitting in to death tonight, becomes safe spaces. What's the action? You feel that you can do? I feel like we can educate our youth, a lot better. I think there's a lot of what we're learning in school is math, equations, and the required history and who invented the light bulb stuff like that, but we're not delving deeper into social justice movements from

the past. We learned that dr. King gave a speech, he had a dream and then he was shot, we don't really know anything more that we don't talk about him anymore and after like 2nd 3rd 4th grade. We don't talk about him again. And so, I think that if we can do a murse, really immerse ourselves in the world of activism and in different perspectives, Perspectives, cuz if we grow up and where I'm only teaching our kids about one thing and a certain kind of person and a certain kind of believe, they're not going to think that there's any other kind of way to live. So, if you want me to teach a

child in school, I'm from the time. They're in preschool to high school, about the white scientist in about the white politicians, they're going to grow up and you're not going to respect the black or brown politician because they were only taught this one way. So I think that the education system should is pretty flaw. And school is about passing, not learning at this point. So, I think we should really member cells, immersed, ourselves in learning and education that we can receive. Instead of just passing the math test. Do you have a role model name? That you look up to that? You think

actually? Yes, they are. Pint-size. I really admire jameela Jamil. She is the most amazing women. I did it digital show with Ellen Degeneres and she was one of the people that I interviewed and she was honestly, my favorite. She's a wonderful advocate for self-love and body positivity. And she does it in such a peaceful Manner and being able to talk to her. And it was really one of the best conversations I've had in my life and I really enjoyed that. And will you told about where you grew up on the insurance

if you mother and of course, you've had huge Global success in your car cuz you're giving back to your foundation. Why was that so important? What you're doing and how you're doing it? When you do come from the projects and you you've been mentored your whole life and encouraged to go down and entertainment path. I ran with that. And I promised my mom that I was going to buy her house and she said, don't make promises. You can't keep. So imagine you like 17 years

old and your mom is 37 to 20 years older than you. That's Young. By the way I 37 year old. And your kid is saying, I'm going to take care of you. How that breaks your heart and I feel your heart up like a weird. If I had a twenty-year-old at 40 and my kid told me to take care of you when I'm like, I'm hurting by you, even having to say that cuz I can't take care of you, the way I would like to What she said, Billy don't take. Don't make promises, you can't keep up. It's about my mom house shortly after that.

I was lucky to have a record deal at 17 years old. I'm when I came home with my check, she was like, what you get this check from give me information be getting no texts. And that was my fuel to take care of my mom and move out of the projects. and, It was the music that made me do that. And then my having success and people want you to sell their products. And I love technology cuz I went to a science magnet school that we learn technology early on. I started realizing that the investment that companies are putting to make computer smarter outweigh

the investment to make people smarter. and the folks that are going to get hit by that, the hardest orchids in the inner cities, You think it's tough right now? She has 20 years from now. It's even crazier. You think we got racial issues? Now, machine ism is right around the corner. What machine will have more rights than people? That's something that we need to like, wake up real fast and so I go back to my neighborhood teacher kids, you know, computer science robotics. They need to know that I can make that.

because if they're not, if they're not given the skill sets to make what is going to be more intelligent than any of us in the building, Then you're going to have this inferior inferiority complex. Anybody living and growing up in any, you know, suburb, I mean, ghetto, underdeveloped Community slum, you're going to see that intelligent machine and you going to be fierier. But if you have the perspective of I can make that I know what it takes to make that machine. Then you

you're the you're the king of that machine 6 man versus machine. It says it's next leap that were on so and who's making sure that we are Upskilling are our youth, especially Kidz in the inner cities. You know, there's so many jobs, rendered obsolete. This decade who's going to be hurt the most. I bet not the interstate it because they have an opportunity to LeapFrog cuz it's not like They're the ones that are going to suffer from no jobs. Then there's no jobs now. So they could leapfrog with these skill sets and so that's the reason why I

went back to my neighborhood and other neighborhoods like mine to get the megaphone and say this is the path this way guys. This will it bounce in sponsoring the youth. Will they feel that they don't have a future in it? To write that person as you were saying to me. So they don't go into the Navy because there's a very strong push back by the gun lobby in the US to the student protest. How do you feel about the way that they treat you? I think it's just arrogance and privileged I'm lucky enough

not to have experienced a direct school shooting but yet a 13 year old is able to understand it is wrong. And still a lot of I said you can't educate ignorance. It's just really not worth our time. And I was talking to somebody who's going to really about mass mobilisation and so, if we can get enough people in the streets and enough people stepping up, I still don't think that's enough. I think we need to get if we have a hundred thousand people in the streets that can be a hundred thousand eighteen year olds were registering to vote

and so we can elect a we can get those people out of office and we can like new people because it's it's not like, we don't have a say in, what's happening? I mean, that's what America is. For the most part we're able to choose who we want to be in charge and so if everybody registered to vote And everybody is educated on what is going on. I mean, there's a question on whether or not we should lower the voting age to 16 and my answer to that is usually that would be great as long as we teach political science and schools so that it's not just a bunch of

sixteen-year-olds who don't know what they're talking about and who are just voting because they can vote and voting because their parents do it. But a bunch of sixteen-year-olds who are educated and who know the policies they want to be put to be put in place. Have you thought about politics name, is that something that you might look towards. Give it to a policymaker? I can only be pretty low on the political side of the spectrum because I was born in Ethiopia. And so I can't be president or vice president or secretary of state is Senator really anything

there so you never know. It could change with that was put in place like two hundred years ago and I've been trying to get it to change in the American culture will don't want to lose their power. They don't want to lose that power before I open up to do, with his four questions from them. What do you 115 from this documentary will, To inspire people to feel and have empathy for the kids that are gone through it. It's like the Stark. Close minded. Perception that we have, when we, when we think of school shootings because we don't see it, they only show the kids walking away in the in

a in a line. Every everything that you wanted people to feel, there's so much content for you to put yourself in the person shoes, we haven't been put in the kids shoes, still to this day. Any news report only shows the kids walking away and they rarely rarely ever talk to them about you know, what their life is like now and once. And if they do, they're a nuisance to that big Lobby arm and it's It's next level bullying. This is what I, what I call it

when I'm saying that, you know, we want to take the right to bear arms away. Just how about some like protocol and check people that have mental health issues, should not have weapons, just like, if you, if you have too many DUIs, you can't drive a car, In the car is just as dangerous as a as a gun, but the DMV and Department, that, that whole department, there's regulations there, if you want to have a freaking your own private airplane, if you have a lot of money, you can't go by stealth bomber, you know, that. Why is it that I could go out right

now and buy like military freaking weapons. What the hell am I trying to kill? Brooks and like we want to take away your rifle to go out and game. We're saying that AK-47 thing. Come on, guys, you know, that ain't right. Bike America. That sounds like, you know, of a country that's developing a war-torn country. So we've never had if we're lucky enough to never if we're lucky enough to not have many wars on our soil. Why do we have War equipment in people's home? I'm still according to the president where the best country in the world. You agree with him than me.

What would you say to me? Because obviously, he's here here dresses form yesterday. What would you like to say to you? So, I am the youngest delegate at The Forum and I am also the youngest American and you think that maybe people had mentioned Trump wanting to meet with me because, like, you know, Americans like to hear. But, but now, I, I know what I would say to him, so he called campaign slogan for 2015-2016 make America great again. I would like to ask him when America was great. Was it great? When we are pushing indigenous people out of their land? Was

it great when black people were being raped and slaughtered? Was it great? When people had to sit and protest while being beaten just so they could eat lunch at Allen's counter? Was it great with all of this violence going on right now? I don't understand what he's talking about America and woman in the car. Yesterday, might have disagreed with me, but America has on. It is a good place for immigrants. It is as an immigrant, I can understand. But to a certain extent, America's the way America functions, only works for people in the top 1%, it only works for people with

an immense amount of privilege because you don't get treated equally. If you're a person of color, if you're Jewish, if you're Muslim. And so now it's it's not an equal place and it's definitely not the country on the best country in the world and I think but speaks volumes about our president is the fact that Australia is burning down right now and he got up on that stage and he talked about how great America was and Notre Dame. So if you look at New Zealand and the mosque attacks that, they then change the laws of the wisdom

they for so long. So they actually taking taking the lease look, I know that a lot of people have questions, please if you could put your hands up and I will start Wiz. I'm just going to stop with you in the back, though. Hi. I'm James from Westbrook, Connecticut, United States. I was just wondering if either of you have any specific gun violence related policy that you would like to see put in place? Background checks, start there. Anyting else background checks. I mean

the guy had no idea, you know, I don't need anything. They just need the money to purchase the gun and that person walking into that store could be anybody. We don't know if they're going to be a responsible gun owner. We don't know if they're a danger to themselves or to others. We don't know anything about them. Their family situation. We just know that this person is purchasing a machine gun, which is a red flag in and of itself but is background. Check the water bounce assault, weapons as well. Would you like to see them? Let's start

with background checks. Yeah, if we can get that passed. Ben assault weapons. We could get that passed, but it's to go straight because that that bully lobbying arm is You know what it was, but it looks like pretty strong and manipulative. Yes, assault. Weapons should not be in people's home. But especially not in Crazy. People's hands. But to start with background checks, you think would be simple next question. I think, I think those might coming to

So, my name is not and obviously, your activism deals with very heavy topics, whether it be gun control or racism and inequality in the US, how do you manage to keep yourself inspired, and to actually take action rather than getting depressed and becoming paralyzed? How do you, how do you push yourself? So, so I think a lot of activists get really caught up in trying to save the world today. Don't focus on trying to save themselves first and trying to focus on themselves and take care

of themselves. I feel like activists feel like they have this entire weight on their shoulders and they have to carry the weight of the world with them and they is their responsibility to do this and I just I've needed to recognize that I have a lot of anger and I have a lot of pain and sadness but I need to channel that into something more so that I'm not just sitting around throwing a pity party for myself in the state of the country. But I'm actually doing something about it. We can make anybody feel better in the long run. For me. My unit.

I know I'm not alone. And there's other folks that have been through it or fighting for it and that gives me Comfort and the sense of purpose to, you know, either help out by amplifying, someone else's passions, like Parkway and rising or amplify my own internal fire to spread knowledge of the situation and love. Text message. Yes. High, in fact, sheets of our from India. My question is, what is the biggest resistance your face when you was done at start of your foundation? And as far as you can send, when you walked

out a few school, what was the biggest resistance you had challenged based upon a time? I'm so mad at his resistance was definitely the school and the school board, they originally presented. The idea, they told us that that was the gun violence and advocacy and general was something for middle school and high school students and asking about your 10 and 11 year, olds wasn't really what you usually she see. But there was actually a sign after I gave my speech. That was put onto the school's on by someone who lived in the neighborhood. That said, we stand with

you Naomi and the school took it down because they just they weren't very supportive and people would send letters to the school about what we had all done and I mean it's just the school board wasn't a good-enough course. I moved. But I lived in like the middle of white Suburbia in Virginia. So there wasn't really a lot of talk about that. As for me resistance. At first, you know, whenever there is a natural disaster, they usually call on us musicians or folks that have a megaphone to bring awareness to those issues

and for so long. My neighborhood was invisible. Whenever it whenever there's a tsunami we show up. But there's a tsunami every day in my neighborhood. Whenever there is the earthquake we show up. There's an earthquake every day in my neighborhood. There's some type of, you know, urgency emergency and neighborhoods like mine. So I wanted to you know take matters in my own hands and not wait for a handout. So once I realized what you can do when your own Community, you realize there's no resistance

I'm just getting folks to join the kids to join and if you do it with what's an inspiring heart in the theater and they might be going through, you get you get the kids if you want on it and we were really successful a Time Angel. And then there's fundraising we always Panic this time of the year, but we all go through. I think we've got time for probably one more question. Yes. Hi, my name is Jonas. I'm from the Netherlands, and I was wondering for gun issue. Specifically, or of course, I mentioned to you as a lot and it sometimes feels for us from countries where he might not have

that issue. Is strongly that I'm wondering. Do you think there is something that we could do two kind of support support you in this issue because we've course don't have influence on the legislature as so. Do you think we should do something? And if, so, what do you think we can do? That's a really good question that. Very controversial. Answer is connected to that question. So whenever there's something happening in like a developing country and there's like a dictator and the citizens are In Harm's Way

the world gets together and say we need to help them You're not solving the problem. Look at these kids, they're dying. But guess what has happened in our country? And taking a long time for the calvary to come and help these kids out. They're not being educated properly as far as investment and they're In Harm's Way. They're dying at school. Not just once or twice. last year, there was Hundreds of school, shooting. so, Yeah, the world could help us out. Omelets controversial

Americans will be like, what are you talkin about? William the world where American, where the World Police? Well. And how about these kids in school? Then is what I say, because kids should not have to be fearful for their lives to go to school and learn about life. So I don't know, I don't know the answer. I don't know how I don't know what it is, but I know we need a megaphone. We need support. So these kids could have a safe Passage. That's exactly what I was today

but I just wanted to ask both of you one year from today. What is the change that you would most like to see? Anna's, will you saying so eloquently to really make schools? A safe place where kids can go and learn and not be sure I like to see a spike in voter registration. I think that a lot of young people think that they have no power for a tune-up, obviously in the US. But think that they have no power and they can't control what's going on in politics, or in the white house. But in actuality, we, we do have power. And when I'm

18 16, maybe I'll be able to vote in my vote will count just like everybody else has but will count. And so we can choose who we want to relax and we can choose, we want to put an office and we can be the Who's running for office. We can be the ones who are in charge and I just think I want to see more action and less talking because I think a lot of times that you kind of event people come and they talk about what they want to see happen, and they talk about the issues, but then when they leave, they don't do anything and they go back to their house. So they're comfortable lives and forget

all about it. Just like what happened with multiple shooting his two or three months where everybody's all freaked out and everybody's like sending their thoughts and prayers and then maybe like a year later, everybody forgets. I'm so glad to see that's not happening with my resume and Douglas. And so I just like to see more of that and will A year from now. Five years from now because I don't want to say something here for now, and then nothing happens. And I'm pissed. And then I like give up because

nothing happened in the year cuz the year goes by fast specially when you have pop-up distraction, but five years from now, If? Five years from now, no. warlike weapons in people's in civilian hands, AK-47. Machine gun like that. No more school, shootings, keeping Kids Safe background checks. So that wacko don't have you, no weapons, that could Massacre everybody in this room. End. That's something I've accomplished five years now, will be there between 25 will be mid-century, so I will be mid-decade. I'm

2025 is really important. Other things will be in in culture in 2025 things that we can't even imagine. Think about how you think it's is tension now. When autonomous vehicles are all over the road. That means there's not that many Uber drivers in truck drivers. When supermarkets have a I cash registers that you don't need cash register. So many people going to lose job. That sells POS jobs are in a brick-and-mortar scummy. So many jobs that are taken away from us. and because we're not educating folks, there's not going to be, you know,

Folks that are rapidly. Creating new jobs so much tension. In the states. and we're not talking about those things in the media about what's coming around the corner, we talked about it here every year at Jabez We know it's coming. And the things that were that were whooping and hollering about the things that we should have solved a long time ago, but that's a dangerous mix. Crazy military weapons in the hands of uncheck citizens that don't have jobs because machines took them away from them. And you didn't prepare them

and reschedule them. That's scary. So we need to we need to, we need to fix fast and it's five years. Yes, let's bet that's playing for five years because the year from now where we're going to be in the place we can feel paralyzed if nothing happened. If we put five years, we have like, you know, transparency and earmarks and what we've accomplished along the way because we know we know these, these these devices are being deployed, that new Tesla truck is awesome. That the best truck that's looking truck I've ever seen in my life and

it's going to be freaking great, driving self out there teaching it And everybody that has a Tesla straining, it right now. A Mercedes electric is coming to all these electric cars are coming. Autonomous vehicles are coming, and you know what they're going to do. And you know how pissed off people are going to be if coal miners are tripping right now. So wait, wait, there's a lot of like, waking up. We need to do in America and I'm a rapper. I'm just saying is like, damn, but it's cool. I'm

more than a rapper. Let's go ladies and Gentlemen, please join me in thanking. My incredible. Get his ass evening, sticks to Daenerys, the inspiring Naomi wadler, and of course to wonderful William. Breakfast places near me. I have nieces and nephews little black nieces and there like 11, 12 13, 14, And hearing you talk watching you. Strong. You are clear. You are I would love my nieces and nephews to I grow up and even grow up like a year younger than you but I can't wait to go home and tell them about you

cuz you know you're going to be a special adult. You going to be one of those people that you look you look at and be like I wonder what they were like when they were younger where we're staying at now, Nelson Mandela. I wonder what he was like, when he was 14. We never got to see that. I never, we never got to see Martin Luther King when he was 14. We never got to see these leaders, so watching you on my while I'm watching you at this age and knowing what my imagination and where at where your heart's bleeding, you and your mind is leaving you with, you're going

to be like, at my age. You're going to be awesome. GrubHub, thank you so much. Thank you, honey. Thank you, will.

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