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Youth activists begin march from Milwaukee to Madison in support of Black Lives Matter

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Youth activists are marching from Milwaukee to Madison to have their voices heard.

The ’50 Miles More’ organization held a press conference on Tuesday, July 30 to kick off the march. Activists are calling for lawmakers to support Black Lives Matter and gun reform. The group is also asking for Governor Tony Evers to condemn the use of tear gas and rubber bullets as well as call a special session on gun violence and policing in the state.

The executive director shared her biggest message with CBS 58 before the march began.

"To demand that all of our elected officials take an anti-racist stance and that they lead as anti-racists,” 50 Miles More Executive Director Tatiana Washington. "Black women and black queer people have been the most marginalized voices in this movement. It’s really important that we center those voices because we are the most impacted by these policies."

The group plans on arriving in Madison on July 4.

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