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Queens Residents Hold Anti-Gun Violence 'Lie-In'

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Activists in Queens staged a protest against gun violence Saturday.

Demonstrators laid on the ground on Parsons Boulevard in Jamaica and called out the names of victims of gun violence.

The so called "lie-in" was organized by the National Action Network, 100 Suits for 100 men and community advocates.

"We do this really, not just as a way to remember those who died from gun violence, but as a way to let our young people be active in this movement," said Iesha Sekou of Street Corner Resources.

"It's the time that we, as young people, take a stand and we tell everybody that we're not going to have any justice until there's peace in our neighborhoods," said Victoria Pannell of the National Action Network Youth Movement.

Organizers say parents need to remain active in their children's lives and engage them in conversations about gun violence in order to curb the problem.

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