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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.

  

What Can We Do About Gun Violence?

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On a day typically reserved to celebrate love, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkman, Florida suffered the opposite. A 19-year-old gunman entered the school with a loaded AR-15 rifle, pulled the fire alarm, and began shooting into five classrooms. The tragedy resulted in the death of 17 students and adults. 

After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012,  more than 400 people have been shot in over 200 school shootings. Many are asking what we can do to enact stricter gun control or preventative measures.

Here are a few actions that can be taken:

 JOIN

Everytown is an organization with more than 4 million members focused on ending gun violence with action. The website offers information about the movement, details on events in various communities, and helpful guides.

The Brady Campaign is one of the oldest organizations focused on gun control. Created in 1974 and renamed in 2001, their mission is to cut down gun deaths in half.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was founded in 2012 following the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting. Ran and monitored by a handful of mothers, it has quickly become one of the organizations on the forefront of gun violence prevention.

DONATE

Donating to the victims is now more accessible than ever with companies like GoFundMe and groups like the Broward Education Foundation who have created an account designated to helping out the victims and their families

CONTACT

Reach out to your elected officials by using the tool on USA.gov’s website. Information for all senators, representatives, and local officials can be found through this site. Contact them by either writing or directly calling the line for your desired member.

 

Resources for DACA Recipients after Trump's Ruling

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On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Trump administration announced that they will be rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era policy that protects the deportation of nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants (nicknamed as Dreamers) who were brought to the United States before the age of 16 and allows them the ability to work legally. 

The only way Dreamers will legally be able to stay in the country once their DACA permits expire will be if in some way the law changes. The White House is giving Congress a six-month deadline to come up with a legislative fix before the government stops processing permits. 

Below is a list of resources for DACA immigrants to learn more about the program's repeal: 

More information about the announcement and its potential outcomes can be read here:  Trump Moves to End DACA and Calls on Congress to Act (New York Times)