RuQuanBrown of Washington, D.C., knows firsthand how devastating gun violence is.At18, he’s already lost too many loved ones. That’s why he’s fighting thenationwide issue with a powerful force: love.
ForRuQuan, enough was enough.
“I wanted to beat gun violence to thepunch so that our families don’t have to continuously fall victim to tragiclosses,” RuQuan told Because of Them We Can.So he started the clothing company Love1, whose goal is to encouragecommunities to put love first.
RuQuanand his mom, who helps him run the company, sell shirts, hoodies, wristbands,and other accessories. They also donate 20 percent of their profits to One GunGone, a New Jersey-based organization dedicated to keeping guns off of thestreets.
“We’reeliminating a small fragment of the problem in order to reduce the amount ofour loved ones being taken from us,” RuQuan added.