In a powerful nationwide display of grassroots activism, students from Berkeley to Boston to Boca Raton are walking out of class this morning to forcefully call on lawmakers to do something to stem the scourge of school shootings in the United States.
For 17 minutes, each minute in memory of one of the people killed at the Parkland shooting one month ago on Valentine’s Day, students of all ages are joining fellow classmates first thing this morning for the walkout, organized by a nation group called Women’s March Youth Empower. They’re calling it the #ENOUGH National School Walkout.Related Articles
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Students today are following a long legacy of nationally organized protests in the United States. As EdSource reported, “since the Civil Rights era, some of the most impactful youth protests have taken place in high schools and even junior high schools. Acts of civil disobedience by students barely into their teens have marked seminal points in historic battles over bedrock issues like segregation and gay rights, and led to landmark Supreme Court decisions.”
Now, in the footsteps of demonstrations that included the nine African-American children who defied the governor of Arkansas in 1957 and enrolled in the all-white Little Rock Central High School, American high-schoolers are carrying on the tradition, angrily calling on fellow Americans to work with their elected officials to enact meaningful gun control measures. While American students staged their protests they were joined by young people across Europe and Australia who organized walkouts …read more
Source:: The Mercury News