HOW TO SUPPORT THE #NEVERAGAIN MOVEMENT
In less than one week, a group of teenagers who survived a massacre and lost friends, classmates, teachers, and coaches, have come together with unbelievable strength, unity, focus, and determination. Many of us are asking how we can support them. Here are some ideas:
*FOLLOW them online:
*DONATE to the March For Our Lives
*BUY merch and represent the movement!
*SIGN UP to participate in a nearby March For Our Lives event—or start one!
*AMPLIFY their powerful voices and actions by sharing, retweeting, forwarding, projecting, etc the speeches, tweets, demonstrations, interviews, etc.
*THANK media outlets/networks who give these young people airtime—write letters, make calls, use twitter to show that you're listening and watching.
*MAKE YOUR SUPPORT VISIBLE by putting a sign/bumpersticker/etc in your car/window/office/etc. Not always a safe option in some parts of the country, but if you can do it, please do! A simple #NEVERAGAIN or PROTECT KIDS NOT GUNS can go a long way to show support.
*SUPPORT ALL organized walk-outs and demonstrations—and plan your own! So far there is:
3/14 Women's March Walkout, led by Youth EMPOWER: Marks one month since the Parkland shooting. At 10 a.m. in every time zone, organizers are encouraging teachers, students, administrators, parents and allies to walk out for 17 minutes — one for every person killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. https://www.facebook.com/events/1767175080245694/?active_tab=discussion
3/24 The March For Our Lives: This Saturday event will include a main march in DC, and marches all over the country. Organized + led by the students of MSD https://www.marchforourlives.com/mission-statement
4/20 National Student Walkout April 20 is the anniversary of the Columbine Shooting, and students who live near Sandy Hook, CT, have called for another walkout on this day
There are also spontaneous actions happening at schools all over the country. If they're happening in your city/school/neighborhood, show up and cheer and show support! It's all moving quickly and developing organically—I'd like to respectfully suggest that, unless you're actively involved in the planning of these events, opinions about the most effective ways to protest/organize/coordinate don't *always* need to be shared. This deserves MORE than one action, on one way, and I have full faith that people—esp young people—can handle more than one date and one kind of action.
*BE AS BOLD AS THEY ARE—these young people are NOT afraid to call BS on the NRA, the gun lobby, and the people who continue to defend them. But they're also FOCUSED on policy and meaningful change. It's not easy, but can we take a cue from them and not waste our energy engaging in endless circular gun control arguments online? David Brooks is out here penning op-eds for the NYT about coddling the sensitive old white male gun-lovers while these kids are organzing mass resistance, calling out Trump on national TV, and LOLing at Rush Limbaugh on twitter. Let's be like the youth and not GAF about the old dinosaurs! Let's be the future! To quote Melinda Bailey: "It's cute that y'all still think we want to argue with you and your 40 year old NRA bumper sticker slogans. We don't need you to sign off on common sense gun reform. We're going to make it happen with or without you."
Also, I just want to send virtual love + support to the thousands of young people in the Parkland community—and ALL communities affected by gun violence—who aren't able to rise up and organize and speak out as these kids are. Not everyone has the emotional/physical/financial/etc resources to do what these kids are doing, and I want to acknowledge those whose trauma prevents them from being able to leave the house or get out of bed. The #NeverAgain students are making it very clear that their efforts are part of their coping, and that they're doing this for the safety of ALL young people. It's amazing and inspiring and we are here to support them.