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Why Student Activism Matters

More than four million Americans will turn 18 before the 2018 midterm election.

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El Modena students at the like "Walk Out, Lie In" on March 14th.

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   On March 14, 2018, hundreds of thousands of students walked out of school at 10 am for seventeen minutes to honor the lives of the seventeen students killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and to bring attention to the issue of gun control in America.

  Their outlined goals are as followed: 1) Enact a resolution declaring gun violence a public health crisis. 2) Ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines. 3) Expand background checks to all gun sales. 4) Pass the Federal Gun Violence Restraining Order law. 5) Pass an act to demilitarize law enforcement.

  Of course, much of the efforts made by students at Marjory Stoneman to advocate for common sense gun control have been met with resistance from right-wing leaning media and journalists.  

  Still, the student activists from Parkland, Florida continue their strive to end gun violence. Following the walkout on March 14th, the students at the forefront of the #NeverAgain movement called for town halls all across America on April 7th, resulting in 134 town halls across 31 states, empowering students to come face to face with their elected officials to demand change. Another school walkout, on April 20th at 10 am is planned to last all day and encourages students to register and pre-register to vote and spend the day advocating to end gun control.

  The fact that the demand to end gun violence is fronted by students is important in context because they recognize the power our voices have in the media, and that more than four million students will turn eighteen before the 2018 midterm elections. As American feminist and civil rights activist Audre Lorde wrote, “Our children cannot dream unless they live, they cannot live unless they are nourished, and who else will feed them the real food without which their dreams will be different from ours? ‘If you want us to change the world someday, we at least have to live long enough to grow up!’ shouts the child.”

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