Students from surrounding schools gather at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan to mark one month since the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida and to demand an end to gun violence on March 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
At 10:00 am local time, students at more than 3,000 high schools across the country planned to participate in the 17-minute “Enough” walkout on Wednesday—exactly one month after 17 people were killed in the Parkland, Florida shooting—to protest Congress’s failure to enhance national gun control regulations.
The above video was before an earlier walkout but expresses well the goals of the Women’s March Youth who have also called for the nationwide marches on March 24th.
The walkout is part of a national student-led movement to end gun violence. Student activists have also organized the “March for Our Lives” in Washington, D.C. on March 24 and a second nationwide walkout on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.
Can’t make it to DC on March 24th?
Go to the ACLU’s peoplepower.org and use their interactive map that tracks marches across the country to find a march near you. If you are in Minnesota, a march begins at 10:00 am on March 24th at the state capitol in St. Paul.
Wednesday’s walkout is being coordinated by Women’s March Youth, which has created an interactive map to track the planned protests, shared information about how to support the action, and outlined students’ demands for lawmakers.
Here are 4 ways to show your support: 1. Wear orange + go orange on social media. 2. Text P2P to RTVOTE (788-683) to register to vote or to check/update your registration. 3. Use the hashtag #ENOUGH. 4. Check the virtual walkout feed at https://www.womensmarch.com/virtual-walkout/…
In response to disciplinary threats from administrators, the ACLU has developed legal resources for students and other participants—such as teachers, parents, and school staff, who are being encouraged to join in the actions—and has urged school officials to “approach this moment as an opportunity for learning about civic action.”
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