As she cried, mourning the loss of her brother, the crowd began to chant Ricardo’s name.
Edna’s powerful speech is a result of her work through the Community Coalition, which she is a part of. She said the organization has taught her to be a leader and an activist for policy change.
Before her big speech in Washington, Edna told NBC that she was thrilled but nervous to be speaking at the event.
“I feel excited, I feel nervous because this is a huge topic and something that has impacted me personally,” said Chavez, according to NBC. “It’s something that’s talked about but nothing is really being done so I’m here to demand, we’re here to demand.”
People on social media were truly inspired by her words.
— Maria Hinojosa (@Maria_Hinojosa) March 24, 2018
— ♕charisma loves dinah (@choclatecaminah) March 24, 2018
This young woman Edna Chavez. #MarchForOurLives
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) March 24, 2018
— Lauren Pastrana CBS4 (@LaurenPastrana) March 24, 2018
— Robby Scharf (@Robby525) March 24, 2018
It’s people like you ms chavez, that make me want to regain my voice in this generation. Take a stand and hold my ground. I cried watching this, you are so brave I’m proud to say my Bcla community is out supporting this in DC with you. You guys come home safe and make sure you get this message across. #enoughisenough #ednachavez