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#ENOUGH: Nat’l School Walkouts W 3/14 and F 4/20; March for Our Lives Sa 3/24

March 12, 2018

THREE separate events have been announced to demand gun violence end in America.
March 14th: #NationalSchoolWalkout @womensmarch
March 24th: #MarchForOurLives @AMarch4OurLives
April 20th: #NationalSchoolWalkout @schoolwalkoutUS

The first one is this Wednesday, March 14. #ENOUGH – National School Walkout takes place at 10am and continues for 17 minutes across every time zone in remembrance of the 17 people who were murdered in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day.

This National Walkout stands in unison with other schools across the United States to say #ENOUGH and demand a teaching and learning environment free from violence. Nearly 3,ooo walkouts are planned; find one near you or organize one using this toolkit:

  • To join,  simply walk out of class at 10:00 AM. 
  • Wear orange to show solidarity. Orange is the color of the gun violence prevention (GVP) movement.

Organizers point out that “Students have strong freedom of speech rights, but school administrators may be concerned about disruption to learning time and could pursue disciplinary action. Depending on your personal judgement and your school norms, you may wish to reach out to teachers or administrators for support. You can also ask a parent or guardian to call the school and advocate on your behalf if your school administration needs more support to work with you. If you aren’t able to walk out, you can still be creative. Show solidarity for the walkout by wearing orange and create posters to show your support. #ENOUGH.”

They also encourage the use of social media platforms to engage in discussions surrounding gun violence by  reposting graphics from the Women’s March Youth Instagram (@womensmarchyouth) and Twitter (@WomensMarchY). Use the #ENOUGH. Follow other youth-led initiatives to stay engaged.

At Ventura College, we will gather in the MCW – MCE Quad Weds. March 14 from 10-10:17; classes will resume at 10:20 AM.

Although I am not teaching a class at that time, I am planning on being at VC to participate and show my solidarity, and because I continue to be shaken by a shooting that occurred at a community college in Oregon where Larry Levine, an adjunct college composition teacher like me,  died as well as a number of students.

If you have any questions about the Ventura College event,  contact VC faculty: Lucy Capuano, Lauri Moore, or Niki Milani; Lucy Capuana is a Psychology Professor and VC Psychology Club Faculty Adviser(805) 289-6213.

Whether you walkout or not on Weds. March 14, consider this idea:

On March 14, walk up.

  • Walk up to the kid who sits alone at lunch and invite her to sit with you.
  • Walk up to the kid who sits quietly in the corner, smile and say hi.
  • Walk up to the kid who may be disruptive in class and ask him how he’s doing.
  • Walk up to teachers and school staff and say thank you.
  • Walk up to someone who has different views than you and get to know him/her.
  • Walk up to 14 students and 3 teachers and say something kind.
  • Honor the lives of those lost by walking up, not out. #walkupnotout

Next is #March4OurLives on Saturday March 24,  a national action organized by the Parkland survivors to take place in DC and in 700 or more cities nationwide. In Ventura County, we will gather at 10am in Plaza Park in downtown Ventura, site of the Women’s March and other events.

Today activists placed 7,000 pairs of shoes outside the U.S. Capitol to represent all the children who lost their lives due to guns since Sandy Hook. Tom Mauser brought a pair of his son Daniel’s shoes to help with this installation. Daniel was 15 when he was shot and killed at Columbine.

The third planned event is on Friday April 20, 2018, on the anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

It will take sustained action to end gun violence.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2018 1:52 pm

    Great examples on how to not only prevent gun violence, but also to take a stand for helping people through hard times. Whenever anyone is down, lending a helping hand could make the difference between hope, and hopeless.

  2. March 18, 2018 3:37 pm

    I really like the bullet points on what students should normally do on a regular basis… to walk up and show anyone that you care and they are recognized. The picture with 7,000 pairs of shoes is probably one of the strongest messages that could get to people on how serious this issue is.

  3. Mandy permalink
    March 24, 2018 9:50 am

    Yes. Enough is enough! Here in Portland Oregon-we stand with you!


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