- Why are you doing this?
On April 20th, 2018, students of New York City are standing in solidarity with the nationwide movement to end gun violence and advocate for stronger gun control. For decades, students across the country have grown up witnessing gun violence in their communities and schools. Now, we are taking a stand against this senseless violence and demanding that lawmakers implement real legislative change. We are fighting for those who have and continue to suffer from gun violence, which disproportionately and systematically affects communities of color. Thus, we understand that intersectionality in our solutions is vital. We students are determined to be the generation to end gun violence, in all its forms.
- Why April 20th?
On April 20th, 1999, Columbine High School experienced a school shooting, perpetrated by two students. This date was chosen to signify students' frustration in the lack of action that has been taken by our government since then to reduce gun violence in this country.
- Who's leading this?
This is by and for students. As young members of our society nearing or becoming eligible to vote, we want to make our voices heard as we form a national movement.
- I'm a member of the press. How do I contact you?
We’re glad to have you involved. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- What if my school won't let us walk out?
Although we encourage communicating with your administration, we understand it this isn’t always an easy task. Keep in mind that you have a first amendment right to free speech, and you are encouraged to use it. If you are unable to walk out, you can always conduct a die-in, where students lie down for a given period of time to symbolize death as a form of demonstration.
Remember: schools are not allowed to lock you in. If you see this, report it to the ACLU immediately by calling (212)-607-3300.
- Why orange?
Orange is the national gun violence awareness and prevention color.
- Where can I donate?
In order to conduct a successful demonstration, there are permits and equipment that must be acquired. As students, we are raising funds so we can have the most efficient and safe walk out as possible. Donate here.
What are other ways for me to show solidarity?
If you are unable to walk out, we encourage you to wear orange on April 20th, contact your local representatives and encourage them to vote for legislation supporting gun control, have conversations about it with your school, fundraise for our cause, or make signs! Even if you can’t attend, you can help show your support.
- What are my rights?
Check out the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)’s page on this
- I'm an adult. How can I help?
We appreciate your support! Right now, we are working to raise funds to pay the various expenses incurred in the process of making the country safer. If you’re able to, we would appreciate your support!
However, if you are unable to donate, there are other options as well. If your child’s school/a school you know of is hesitant to allow students to walkout, we encourage you contact the administration and voice your support. Sharing the movement with your friends and family is also greatly appreciated.
- Do you have social media?
- Which schools are participating?
Stuyvesant High School, The Beacon School, BARD Manhattan, Hunter, LaGuardia, Midwood , Horace Mann, High School of American Studies at Lehman College (HSAS), Trinity, Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Science, Columbia Preparatory, Francis Lewis High School, Edward R. Murrow, Esperanza Preparatory Academy, Chapin, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Packer Collegiate Institute. (Updated March 20)
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