Music and politics comes together on Capitol Hill to urge Congress to pass the Youth PROMISE Act
By Roshan Farazad
Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday in an effort to get Congress to pass the “Youth PROMISE Act,” which addresses youth violence in communities. McDaniels, adopted as a child, supports the legislation because it would establish peace in communities by funding educational and leadership programs, which in turn, would reduce crime. U.S. Congressman Robert “Bobby” Scott hosted the event inside the Capitol, premiering a viral video in urge for support and passing of the Youth PROMISE Act. Another advocate, Julia Simon-Mishel, of the Student Peace Alliance, stated, “peace in our communities requires education, training and investment. There is so much we can do to become proactive in our communities rather than reactive.” Other supporters of the Youth PROMISE Act include entrepreneur Russell Simmons, lawyer and television personality Star Jones, and Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cárdenas.
Roshan Farazad is a rising junior at the University of Maryland. She is studying journalism.