Guidelines for Holding a Rally
Here is some information to help you plan your rally:
A national shutdown and noon rally to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers after school shootings and mass shootings. We need action. We demand Congress pass sensible legislation that would help keep us and our loved ones safe from gun violence at school and beyond. Since Sandy Hook there have been over 200 school shootings. Enough!
We will stay home on May 21st. At 12pm, we will rally at state capitols, city halls or schools.
Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms.
Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day.
We must demand our elected officials do the job they were elected to do—keep us safe. Congress needs to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers after school shootings. They must take meaningful action to pass sensible federal gun reform legislation that will greatly reduce school shootings and save the lives of students and teachers.
What do we want?
We’re demanding that our Congress pass 3 pieces of legislation IMMEDIATELY:
- Universal Background Checks: (HR 8 and HR 1112 already passed in the U.S. House of Representatives). These bills would require the same background checks in all 50 states, would close existing dangerous loopholes for sales at gun shows, person-to-person “private” sales and internet sales and increase the waiting time to 10 days if a person doesn’t pass their initial background check. We demand these bills be immediately voted on by the U.S. Senate and signed by the President.
- Ban military-style assault weapons* and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Senate and House should pass SB 66 (removing exemption of grandfathered sales) and the President should sign into law. Ban will prohibit the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
- Initiate Gun Buyback program using military spending budget. Implement a national program to fairly compensate owners of guns, assault weapons and accessories who voluntarily turn them in for destruction.
Who should participate? Anyone who is fed up with our elected officials inaction on gun violence in America. This year, there have already been 12 school shootings in America!
100 people die every day in America due to gun violence. We must stand up together with one voice — students, parents, adults, seniors, business owners, corporations and responsible gun-owners, to force our Congress to ACT, and to demand our President sign this legislation into law IMMEDIATELY!
What is the plan? Stay home on Tuesday, May 21st.
- Don’t go to work.
- Don’t send your kids to school.
- Wear red.
- Rally at 12p at your state capitol, city hall or school.
Where will this happen? The shutdown will happen across the USA. Rallies are being planned from coast to coast. If you are planning a rally in your community click here to mark it on the map so others can participate. Click here to find out if someone in your town is already planning a rally. If there’s not a rally near you, plan your own with your coworkers, neighbors, friends or relatives. We want to show our leaders that a majority of Americans are in favor of common-sense gun law reform. Share the plan on social media and via email and text. Share your reasons for joining the shutdown and use the tags: #StopSchoolShootingsNOW, #ShutItdown, #SaveOurKids, #Enough
Can businesses and corporations join the effort? Yes! We need corporations and businesses to join us in this effort. Close your doors and shut down for the day. Find a way your business can join us in solidarity. If you’re an employee, ask your management to join the shutdown.
Examples/ideas for big biz: Airlines could offer to reschedule flights for free for people who don’t fly on May 21st. Fortnite could shut down for the day. Amazon could stop down for the day and only send emergency packages. Starbucks could shut down for the day. We need the world to take notice that the majority of AMERICANS want to enact legislation to stem gun violence.
Create signs, make sure to stay on a public sidewalk, be safe and respectful.