Get Involved, Stay Involved!
The National School Walkout on March 14, 2018, was a phenomenal success with more than 3,500 schools and more than ONE MILLION STUDENTS participating nation-wide!
It was just the beginning. Change is coming, but it will take sustained support!
Here’s how you can get involved and stay involved in the fight to STOP SCHOOL SHOOTINGS NOW:
WALK THE TALK!
Elected leaders listen to special interests because the special interests get in front of the politicians and stay there until they get noticed. YOU have that power! When more than ONE MILLION kids walked out of schools across the country on March 14th, everyone noticed! To keep our demands for common-sense gun reform and improved school safety front and center, you need to SHOW UP:
- Participate in the March 24 #MarchForOurLives in Washington, D.C. and across the nation. The march was originally planned for the students and survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings but sibling marches are now being planned across the United States.
Click here to find a march on March 24th in your community.
- Participate in the April 20 National Student Walkout! This walkout is in protest that our leaders have failed to pass laws that protect us from gun violence. It takes place on the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.
Click here to find a walkout on April 20th in your community.
REGISTER TO VOTE!
The leaders we elect must have the courage to fight to make our schools and communities safer. They must stand up to the gun lobby or we will elect leaders who can. Your vote really does matter. An informed voter is a powerful voter!
If you are 18 or older, or will turn 18 by the voter registration cut-off day for the November 6, 2018 mid-term elections, register and make a plan to VOTE! There are websites for the voter registrar for each state, or you can visit Rock the Vote for lots of information specifically from first-time voters.
The people we elect to represent us can’t do a good job if they only hear from folks who agree with them. They are up to their eyeballs in committee meetings, draft legislation, fundraisers and lobbying from those special interests. You have to be on your game to get in the game. Contact your local, state and federal elected representatives and tell them to stand up to special interests and pass laws that make schools safe.
Click here to find your elected representatives.
Whatever your issues is, you will have better conversations and more influence if you invest a little time to get smart about it. A good place to start is to find out about:
- Its history
- Its champions and detractors
- Current laws
- Pending legislation
- Bills that failed and why
- Civic or nonprofit organizations that may already be working on the issue.
Don’t let your inexperience with politics intimidate you. You have a voice, you have values and opinions, and you are an important part of your community.
The good news is there are lots of people and organizations who have work on common-sense gun reform. They are excited that you want to be involved and are committed to helping you succeed. Visit the websites of the organizations that are working with Stop School Shootings NOW to get more information on gun reform and school safety issues and activities. Here are just a few to get you started: