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March For Our Lives: Will You March?

by Teen Ink Staff Writer
February 27, 2018

March For Our Lives, #NationalSchoolWalkout, and local movements… Will you march?

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, teachers, parents, and the surrounding community were the victims of the latest and one of the deadliest school shootings on February 14, 2018. It’s been two weeks since the tragedy, but that has been more than enough time for the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and other teens around the nation to organize, establish, and promote a fury of support around gun reform.

Teens across the nation just like you are taking the lead and taking action. They are taking the fight to the adults and demanding change. Here are a few national dates to keep note of:

March 14, 2018: #ENOUGH Women’s March Youth’s National School Walkout to End Gun Violence

Image The Women’s March’s Youth EMPOWER group is organizing around the tag #ENOUGH. They are encouraging all allies of the movement – students, teachers, parents, and administrators – to walk out of schools across the nation for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. in every time zone. Each minute of the walkout represents one life that was taken by the shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Learn more here:
Enough National School Walkout Website
Enough National School Walkout Facebook

March 24, 2018: March For Our Lives

Image March For Our Lives is a movement that demands that “a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues.” For those who are able to travel, the March For Our Lives movement will take the stand in Washington D.C.; for those who cannot make it, there will be sister marches across the nation and even in other countries on the same day. This movement started with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and has not only spread to students across the nation, but also has celebrities endorsing and donating to the cause. Oprah, George and Amal Clooney, Stephen Spielberg, and even the brand Gucci have all pledged to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Learn more here:
March For Our Lives Website
March For Our Lives Facebook

April 20, 2018: National High School Walkout #NationalSchoolWalkout

Image This movement is set to happen on April 20, 2018, the 19th anniversary of the deadly Columbine High School shooting. Fifteen-year-old Lane Murdock has organized this event to protest gun violence as well as highlight the lack of action by politicians. With almost 1,000 schools signed up to participate, the movement is steadily growing. The plan is for students to walk out of their schools at 10 a.m., hold a moment of silence for 17 minutes to honor the 17 victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and then have an open mic session for students to voice their thoughts.

Learn more here:
#NationalSchoolWalkout Website
#NationalSchoolWalkout Twitter

Over the last couple of weeks, Teen Ink has heard from our teens about how they have been affected by not just this incident, but other similar tragedies as well. Now, we want to know if you plan to take action. Will you participate in any marches, school walk-outs, political forums, or any other event that lets your voice be heard? Do you agree with the reformation that these teens want? Do you think the adults will listen? Share your voice, your opinions, and your plans with Teen Ink at www.teenink.com/submit

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