V-Day and One Billion Rising stand in solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, who in in the midst of experiencing traumatic loss are taking a stand and demanding justice and reform.
V-Day and One Billion Rising activist: Join the student-led March For Our Lives on 24 March in Washington, D.C. Check your areas for updates for local marches and events.
Gun violence in the United States* is a systematic issue that repeatedly endangers and devastates entire communities through school shootings. Gun violence in the US is also an issue of racism and misogyny, as it disproportionately affects Black communities who are impacted by police brutality.
The accessibility to arms perpetuates a cycle of domestic violence against women; the presence of a gun makes it 5x more likely that domestic violence turns deadly. Domestic violence often precludes mass shootings, “perpetrators of domestic violence accounted for 54 percent of mass shootings between 2009 and 2016” (Every Town for Gun Safety).
March For Our Lives: 24 March in Washington, D.C.
On 24 March, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, D.C. to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.
In addition to March For Our Lives, there will be other student-led acts of protest taking place throughout the country.
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#NationalSchoolWalkout for Anti-Gun Violence: 20 April
20 April marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. Led by Connecticut students who attend high school just minutes away from Sandy Hook Elementary, this is a call for action for all high school students to stand up and demand justice by taking part in a nation wide walkout, wearing orange, and using this time to protest and have their voices be heard.
Women’s March EMPOWER Group: National School Walkout: 14 March at 10AM
Student organizers are encouraging students, teachers, administrators, parents, and all community members across the country to walk out for 17 minutes, one for each Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student whose life was lost.
* “America has a unique problem,” – Vox, 21 FEB 2018
According to the Gun Violence Archive, in 2018 there have already been 34 mass shootings, and in 2017 there were a total of 346. The Guardian
“The racial divide in America’s gun deaths” – The Washington Post, 19 SEP 2014