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HOW TO SUPPORT THE STUDENTS RISING UP AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE

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Survivors from last week’s shooting in Parkland, Florida are using their voices and taking matters in their own hands. Through social and traditional media numerous students have spoken about reform on current gun policies.

Over the holiday weekend more news emerged on social media about upcoming school walkouts and marches.

Here is a guide to the upcoming events:

March 14 - National School Walkout

Organized by the Women’s March Youth EMPOWER, students, parents, teachers, and administrators are invited on March 14th at 10 a.m. (in all time zones) to walk out of school for 17 minutes in observance of the 17 lives lost in Parkland and to protest and demand Congress pass legislation to keep our schools and community safe from gun violence.

March 24 - March for Our Lives

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by student organizers from Parkland and across the country. They are calling all to march in Washington D.C. on March 24th to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, seize an end to school shootings, and ask Congress to address gun violence issues immediately.

April 20 - National High School Walkout

On April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, all high school students are urged to participate in a a school walk out promptly at 10 a.m. to protest current gun policies, wear orange, and voice their opinions on all social media platforms.

  

Unpacking Charlottesville

The violence and terror that resulted from the gathering of hateful white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and white nationalist groups in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend mark a dark time in our country. Racism and hatred have no place in America, so now many are trying to understand how this came about and are asking what can we do about it now? 

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Make America Smart Again emphasizes the importance of educating ourselves on all matters, so that everyone can confidently speak out on what's right and be the change for our future. 

Here are some links and causes to help you get more informed and involved:

READ: Making Sense of Charlottesville: A Reading Guide by NPR

NPR provides a list articles about how the tragedy in Charlottesville unfolded.

WATCH: Charlottesville: Race and Terror by Vice News

Vice News was able to document a scarily close up look at the events that took place in Charlottesville by embedding their reporter among several of the white supremacists participating at the rally.

LISTEN: The Daily - A podcast by the New York Times

This 20-minute weekday podcast provides a breakdown of the major news headlines each day. Recent episodes cover the change of the events that led to the weekend's violence in Charlottesville.

DO: 10 Ways to Fight Hate - An online handbook by Southern Poverty Law Center 

This handbook is a compilation of big and small ideas on how to bring about change in yourself and your community

VOLUNTEER OR DONATE:

Stop Hate Project A group combatting hate crimes and helping to support organizations in need

Southern Poverty Law CenterA civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and standing up for victims of discrimination

Most Students Don't Know When News Is Fake

A Stanford study on how teens evaluate information they find online revealed that most students absorb social media news without considering the sources and could not distinguish between an ad labeled "sponsored content" and a real news story on a website.

Although websites are starting to take the steps to prevent the dissemination of fake news, it is still important to teach students proper research skills and instill skepticism in order for them to be savvy about choosing and believing the information they read.

Read more about the study here: 

Most Students Don't Know When News Is Fake, Standford Study Finds by The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 21, 2016

 

 

Help spread the Make America Smart Again message in your town!

The election is only a few weeks away, so we need your help to spread our message to the masses!

You can now download our Make America Smart Again stencil and posters to spread the word about the importance of being informed and participating in our democracy by voting in November.

Download the stencil and poster HERE.

***Please be sure to use the stencil and posters with thoughtful discretion...unfortunately, not everyone wants to Make America Smart Again!

***Please be sure to use the stencil and posters with thoughtful discretion...unfortunately, not everyone wants to Make America Smart Again!

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