Mother of Slain Teenager to Speak Out in Washington, D.C.


Brenda Grisham, leader of Their Lives Matter, an Oakland-based organization, will represent California Dec. 12 at the National Vigil for Murder Victims across the States in Washington, D.C.

Grisham, who is the mother of Christopher LaVell Jones, a teenager who was gunned down in Oakland, will be participating in pre-vigil activities including feeding the homeless and visiting the Washington Navy Yard, the site of a recent mass shooting.

Members of Their Lives Matter and Chicago’s Citizen for Change will meet with legislators to discuss the proposed Universal Background Check Law as well as participate in the National Candlelight Vigil for murder victims across the United States at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C

The events are sponsored by the Newtown Foundation in partnership with the Newtown Action Alliance, the Washington National Cathedral and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence.

Among the local people who will go to Washington D.C. are Anita Wills, grandmother of Kerry Baxter killed on Jan.11, 2011; Davoria Williams, mother of Clifford Snead killed Oct. 28, 2012; and Antoinette Johnson, mother of Terrell Reams, murdered April 22, 2013.

Their Lives Matter is seeking donations to help pay for the trip. Go to or to make a debit or credit card donation. Send checks or money orders payable to the Christopher LaVell Jones Foundation Inc., 7401 Fresno St., Oakland, CA 94605.


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