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Paris “Tree” Brown

Gun Violence Prevention Activist with Good Kids Mad City

Paris “Tree” Brown is a 25 year old artist and activist from the west side of Chicago. He became an activist on July 1, 2012, the day he was shot and paralyzed. Since then, he’s incorporated social change into everything he does, including his music and his youth development work. Over the past four years, he’s run an after school program centered around drug abuse and violence, teaching young people how to research and analyze data on issues affecting their communities. As a member of Good Kids Mad City (GKMC), he currently cultivates restorative justice practices at Youth Connection Leadership Academy Alternative high school and other Youth Connection Charter schools around the city.

Paris “Tree” Brown, a 25-year-old man, sits in a wheelchair