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Tamika Mallory has been a life-long activist, with her parents being founding members of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. When her son’s father was murdered, Mallory coped with activism. In 2014, she was selected to serve on the transition committee of the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. During that time, she helped create the NYC Crisis Management System, an official gun violence prevention program which awards $20 million annually to gun violence prevention organizations. She also served as the co-chair for a new initiative through the Crisis Management System, Gun Violence Awareness Month. Mallory, alongside Bob Bland, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour, organized the 2017 Women’s March, a worldwide protest on January 21, 2017. The march was a protest against the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, and also advocated women’s rights, immigration reform, LGBTQIA rights, health-care reform, environmental reform, racial justice, and racial equality. The leaders of the Women’s March mobilized in Washington, D.C., and sister marches occurred worldwide. An estimated 500,000 people attended the Washington, D.C., march. The Women’s March website said that total worldwide participation was nearly five million. According to British newspaper The Independent the march may have been the largest single-day protest in U.S. history. Sarsour, Mallory, Bland and Perez were recognized in the Time 100 of 2017.

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