New York, NY | 17
2019 Award Recipient
As news of the 17 students murdered in Parkland, FL spread, Arielle Geismar felt numb. “It could have been me. It could have been one my friends. It could have happened here,” she thought. Realizing the deep complexity of the gun violence epidemic, Arielle resolved to be part of the solution. She created NYC Says Enough (NYCSE), an organization devoted to addressing the institutional nature of gun violence and an outlet for direct teen and youth action. NYCSE focuses on reaching out and connecting students, some in disproportionately impacted communities, with their representatives to advocate for stricter gun control laws. At their first rally NYCSE attracted upwards of 5,000 students. Since then Arielle and NYCSE have engaged thousands of people with their message through community involvement. They’ve sponsored numerous letter writing campaigns and created an independently researched, publicly accessible database tracking New York politicians and their voting record on gun reform.