My name is Erica and I am fundraising to help support my cousin Zyahna Bryant who is a Gen Z activist and advocate from Charlottesville, VA. My cousin Zyahna has passionately and courageously supported important social issues since she was 12 years old. At 15, she petitioned to take down the Robert E. Lee statue and rename Lee park in Charlottesville. The statue was taken down in July 2021. Zyahna has been a voice for many, and has helped to inspire young people all over the world to get involved in their communities to create change. Whether it's a local family in need or a national social justice issue, Zyahna readily offers meaningful front line assistance.
Sadly, in today's national climate with so many angry, violent and unpredictable people, being a visible outspoken advocate and activist comes with significant risks. Zyahna has been receiving hate mail and threats for YEARS, and recently they have become worse. Zyahna is currently a graduate student and we want to ensure that she is able to continue all of the work that she is doing in the classroom and in the community. We do not want to allow these racist attacks to take away from that.
Please help Zyahna's friends and family support her by ensuring she's SAFE and protected as she continues her important work assisting and elevating marginalized people and communities. Zy is always ready to use her platform to speak out on the issues that matter the most and to help others in their time of need. We ask that you join us in supporting this urgent need.