The latest school massacre, which was in Parkland Florida on Valentines Day (2/14/18), may have more of a lasting impact that previous ones. The teen survivors are calling out the blame mongering and refusal of Congress and Trump to do their jobs in protecting children and teachers – and making a concerted effort to pull in others through social media. And they are not putting on a polite front in their speeches or in interviews. For example, teen survivor Emma Gonzalez gave an amazing, heartfelt, passionate speech calling out President Trump, the GOP, and the NRA for enabling the murder of children at an anti-gun rally.
“How about we stop blaming the victims for something that was the shooter’s fault?” [Emma Gonzalez] demanded, and called out those who do deserve to shoulder that blame.
“[The people] who let him buy the guns in the first place. Those at the gun shows. The people who encouraged him to buy accessories for his guns to make them fully automatic. The people who didn’t take them away from him when they knew that he expressed homicidal tendencies. And I am not talking about the FBI. I am talking about the people that he lived with, I’m talking about the neighbors who saw him outside holding guns.”
She is exactly right.
Watch the whole speech and/or read it at “Florida Student Gonzalez Speech/CNN.com.”
And theses teens are calling on their peers to fight back too. Plan to go to any or all of the gun control events being set up, some being set up by area teenagers. In the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area, we know of the following.
1. Feb. 20, 2018, 11am-11:30am – Now is the time for common sense gun laws, at 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601. This will be a ‘die-in’ at which 17 participants will wear black and carry a sign with the name of each student who died. This will be followed by regularly scheduled Tuesdays With Tillis rally.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/180522822553426/
2. Feb. 20, 2018, 5pm-7pm – Student March on the Capitol, candle lighting vigil and march begins at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church on Hillsborough St in Raleigh. Contact Bryan Lee, Minister to Youth and Their Families at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, blee at pullen.org.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/363434717463912/
3. Feb. 22, 2018, 11am-noon – UNC Rally Against Gun Violence, at Wilson Library, UNC
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/206834686536562/
4. Feb. 22, 2018, 6pm – at Pullen Baptist Church on Hillsborough St in Raleigh.
(Looking for more details on this one, and for posted event information)
5. March 14, 2018, 10-10:17am – National School Walkout! Students may walk out of their schools all over the country!
“Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018 to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods. We need action. Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship.”
“Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school.”
“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 are not safe at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns. Congress must take meaningful action to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that address the public health crisis of gun violence. We want Congress to pay attention and take note: many of us will vote this November and many others will join in 2020.”
“Join us in saying #ENOUGH!”
Add your event to the map or find one near you here: https://www.actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/enough-national-school-walkout
6. March 14, 2018, 7-8pm – Student Panel on Gun Violence & School Safety
Tickets available (free) at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/student-panel-on-gun-violence-school-safety-tickets-43757562046?aff=eprofsaved
See more at https://www.facebook.com/events/563341500698076/
7. March 24, 2018 – March For Our Lives, Gun Control Rally
The teens who survived the Florida school shooting are organizing a national march to demand gun control, as captured in time.com, 2/17/18. The main one will be in Washington DC, with sister marches expected around the country.
- Students are organizing one in Raleigh NC, at Halifax Mall – facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/346392499194903/.
- The Durham March For Our Lives is at CCB Plaza (201 Cocoran St in Durham). The Facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1647349435341958/
- Women Organizing for Wilmington is working on one in Wilmington. The one I see is at Cape Fear Community College, 411 N. Front St, Wilmington NC, and the facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1990648181190824/.
- Winston Salem is doing one at Merschel Plaza. The Facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1848342085200633/.
- The Charlotte March For Our Lives, at First Ward Park
(E 8th St and N Brevard St), 11am – 1pm. More at https://www.facebook.com/events/491848957878999/
8. The Raleigh March For Science includes a speaker on ‘gun safety’ – April 14, 2018, 10am to 1pm. At Halifax Mall. There will be a march for children inside the mall at 9:45am.
More events and marches will be added as they are brought to my attention.