Students are making their voices heard about gun control and reform — and a national school walkout (or a few) is up next on their list of actions. The organizers behind the Women’s March youth arm are planning a national school walkout for Wednesday, March 14th.
There’s also an additional national school walkout planned by several other organizations set for Friday, April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School. Events and details for both protests can be found on Twitter and other social media sites.
Teens around the country have continued to speak out and protest against the government’s inaction
Students at South Broward High School chant, “It could have been us, it can still be us,” at gun reform protest in Hollywood Friday afternoon. Students say they are standing in solidarity w the students of MSD. #ParklandSchoolShooting pic.twitter.com/C8UBiWtd2T— Audra Burch (@abscribe) February 16, 2018
Feel inspired to support a national school walkout day, but don’t go to school? You can still help.
Even if you’re not in school, you can support the movement and the teens that are participating in the walk outs. If you know a teen or work with kids, talk to them and see how you can help support their protest efforts. Many organizations and schools will need volunteers and support before and during the protest. You can check and see if you can volunteer your time, talent, or money to them.
You can also be a valuable source of information. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a guide that you can share with teens that will be protesting so that they’re more familiar with their First Amendment rights.
If you can’t help out on the actual day, you can still call your representatives and tell them that you support the protests and support a ban on assault rifles. Calling and writing your reps is the absolute best way to let them know what issues are important and meaningful to their voter base.
You’re voice matters, and you can absolutely help make a difference.