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J'TA Freeman '19 recently was featured in the Catholic Standard as a result of her election as a District of Columbia Youth Mayor. This summer J'TA participated in the Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute, which culminates with an election for positions that are designed to be a replica of the D.C. government. Students had to get 75 signatures in order to run for Youth Mayor, which Freeman said pushed her to go out of her comfort zone to speak to strangers and explain to them about her stance on various issues. J'TA made preventing gun violence a central issue of her platform as it is one of the most important issues facing residents in the Metropolitan DC region. J'TA made this a central issue because she has had friends and family who have been harmed or killed because of gun violence, so finding a way to stop it is personal.
For her advocacy to prevent gun violence, J'TA recently was selected by the Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore (PCMDC-B) Council as their Peacemaker of the Year Award. Bishop McNamara High School is proud of Ms. Freeman's advocacy and moral courage to stand up against gun violence to help make our communities safer.