Aswad Thomas is a gun violence survivor and social justice activist. In 2009, when he was 26-years-old and just three weeks from going to Europe to play professional basketball, Aswad was approached by two men intent on robbing him and suffered two gunshots to his back. The shots ended his basketball career and nearly his life.
Today, Aswad serves as vice president of Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) and national director of its flagship program, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice. In this role, Aswad is dedicated to expanding ASJ’s national network of crime survivors and helping to elevate those voices in state and federal policymaking debates.
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