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Local school policies aren’t the only way to keep schools safe— federal policy matters, too. We know that there are federal laws that can help make schools safer: a strong Red Flag law, background checks on ALL gun sales, and raising the age to purchase semi-automatic firearms to 21, to name a few. ⠀ ⠀ If Congress believes in school safety, they should take action now. Read more about the federal initiatives that would improve school safety at the link in our bio. ⠀ ⠀ P.S. Text CHECKS to 644-33 and demand the Senate act on a strong Red Flag law and background checks on all gun sales.
When schools start to implement safety measures like metal detectors and school resource officers, they can start to feel less like welcoming places to learn and more like prisons with zero-tolerance policies. We know that there are ways to make schools safer without making students feel like they’re entering a state penitentiary — like internal door locks (so that teachers don’t have to leave their classrooms to lock their doors in case of emergency) and access control (to make it harder for someone to walk onto the school premises who shouldn’t be there). ⠀ ⠀ Learn more about the ways we can improve school safety logistically at the link at our bio.⠀
Thank you SO much to everyone who showed their support this weekend by joining a local #RecessRally to demand action from the Senate on common-sense gun safety laws! ⠀ ⠀ For those who were not able to make it or want to continue the fight for #SmarterGunLaws––Text STUDENTS to 644-33 to join #StudentsDemandAction and get action updates! ⠀
Summer is a time to relax, but it’s also a time to take action. That’s exactly what students across the country did in their communities: at Wear Orange events, at Pride marches, and in their local advocacy groups. Here’s our ☀️summertime moodboard☀️ highlighting some of our favorite summer moments - what have been some of yours?
Students of color are disproportionately impacted by gun violence in America.⠀ ⠀ As a result of policies that create racial segregation and disinvestment in marginalized communities, Black children and teens are 14 times more likely to be shot and killed by a gun than white children and teens. This type of exposure to daily gun violence has severe negative effects on children’s and teens’ psychological and mental well-being and affects their school performance.⠀ ⠀ Perpetrators of mass shootings in schools have tended to be white. The media focuses more heavily on school shootings at predominantly white schools despite the fact that among the 253 shooting incidents at K-12 schools where the racial demographic information of the student was known, 64 percent occurred in majority-minority schools. ⠀ ⠀ The burden of gun violence has a particularly outsized impact on Black students. This suggests that creating safe and equitable schools in communities with high rates of gun violence can help address these broader trends.⠀ ⠀ To learn more about how we can create safer schools that serve everyone, click the link in our bio!⠀
Are you angry about America’s gun violence crisis? Do you want to make a change? Here’s your chance! ⠀ ⠀ Join #StudentsDemandAction and @momsdemand tomorrow and Sunday at a #RecessRally and demand that the Senate pass a strong Red Flag law and background checks on all gun sales! ⠀ ⠀ Text RALLY to 644-33 to find a #RecessRally near you! We need everyone’s support in this fight for gun safety. ⠀
A HUGE thank you to @sdamercer for fighting passionately for gun sense laws in America!! Students Demand Action Mercer County was created in March 2018 by leaders Anvi Agarwal, Olivia Jurcisin, Rachel Judson, Ananya Dharma, and Megan Kempf who were inspired to take action within their community after seeing Parkland students participating in the movement for gun safety. ⠀ ⠀ “No student should be fearful while attending school or any other place, and we wanted to emphasize to our community members and to other students that this isn’t someone else’s problem, but an issue with the culture in our country.” ⠀ ⠀ The Mercer County chapter has organized and participated in two school walkouts to raise awareness for the fight against gun violence in America. They’ve rallied with members of @MomsDemand to push legislators to enact smarter gun laws, and they’ve worked to build their advocacy skills by participating in a youth summit for #StudentsDemandAction leaders. They then used these advocacy skills to campaign for Students Demand Action at local events. ⠀ ⠀ Last fall, the students held a voter registration drive where they registered around 300 high school senior voters––reminding students that “WE have the power to elect leaders that will work for a future free from gun violence!” In addition, they met with the Mayor of West Windsor to sign a proclamation declaring June 7th, National Gun Violence Awareness Day!! ⠀ ⠀ In the future, they hope to “continue to advocate for gun sense,” and expand their chapter by recruiting students from neighboring schools. You can start a #StudentsDemandAction group at your school: Text STUDENTS to 644-33 to get involved!
Over the next week, we'll be talking about our school safety report!⠀ ⠀ For the last twenty years we have lived with the reality of school shootings and now we live with the knowledge that an average of 51 children and teens are shot and killed or injured every day. We deserve to live in a country free from gun violence, and the failure of our leaders to act is having lasting consequences on millions of American students. ⠀ ⠀ We need meaningful action that keeps our schools safe—action that approaches the problem from all angles.⠀ ⠀ Rather than using plans that put kids in more danger––such as arming teachers––@everytown has researched comprehensive, evidence-based, and meaningful actions to keep schools safe. School-based intervention solutions, like threat assessment programs, can work to intervene before shootings happen when combined with emergency response preparedness and comprehensive gun safety laws.⠀ ⠀ Click the link in our bio to learn more about our school safety report!⠀
In America, gun violence never takes a break. So while Congress is on recess, let’s send a clear message that we demand action on gun safety NOW. ⠀ ⠀ This weekend — August 17th-18th — in every state across the country, #StudentsDemandAction, @MomsDemand and the Everytown Survivor Network are organizing Recess Rallies to let our Senators know that they must take action to end gun violence in America. ⠀ ⠀ In order to make our voices heard we need everyone to come out and show their support! The time is now to stand up and demand background checks on all gun sales and a strong Red Flag law! Text RALLY to 644-33 to find a #RecessRally near you.⠀
America has a white supremacy problem. ⠀ ⠀ It’s been two years since the “Unite the Right” protest in Charlottesville, VA — where neo-Nazis chanted “blood and soil”; two years since Heather Heyer, part of the counter-protest, was murdered; nearly two years since President Trump claimed there were “very fine people” on both sides.⠀ ⠀ The shooter in the El Paso, TX shooting just last week allegedly authored a manifesto that railed against immigration and the “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” He shot and killed 22 people, and injured two dozen more in the name of hatred and white supremacy.⠀ ⠀ From Oak Creek to Pittsburgh to El Paso, white supremacy underlies acts of gun violence in this country time and time again. The time is now to act. This weekend, in every state across the country, Students Demand Action, @MomsDemand and the @Everytown Survivor Network are organizing Recess Rallies to let our senators know that they must take action to end gun violence in America. Click the link in our bio to join a rally near you so our demands are heard loud and clear! #RecessRally⠀ ⠀ Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images⠀
At the Presidential #GunSenseForum yesterday, it was exciting to hear 2020 candidates confirm that our activism is making a difference. 💪
Thanks to everyone who followed along on our stories and attended our Presidential #GunSenseForum!! We loved seeing all the Students Demand Action volunteers in the audience. 🥰 Now more than ever, we need to focus on the role the next President & other elected officials will play in ending gun violence. Text STUDENTS to 644-33 to get involved with future actions! 💪 @michaelbennet @joebiden @governorbullock @pete.buttigieg @juliancastrotx @billdeblasio @tulsigabbard @kirstengillibrand @kamalaharris @johnhickenlooper @jayinslee @amyklobuchar @timryanforamerica @berniesanders @elizabethwarren @andrewyang2020
Thank you again for all the wonderful artwork we’ve been receiving! This piece was created by @madebyrachelszo who was inspired to raise awareness for gun violence reform after hearing the devastating news about the two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. “Every. Time. this happens I feel so helpless. I’m not an anxious person, but reading about these shootings terrifies me. It’s terrifying that the average person can buy a military weapon designed to people, and use it for that purpose. It’s terrifying that people are shot and ed at schools, concerts, movie theaters, festivals, Walmart, bars, churches…” Please continue to submit your artwork and join #StudentsDemandAction by texting STUDENTS to 644-33!
Calling your senators is an effective way to make a difference — and to make sure they’re listening. Plus, it takes less than two minutes. Here’s Jordan demonstrating just how easy it is! ⠀ ⠀ Follow her lead by texting CHECKS to 644-33 to be connected with your senators and demand they pass background checks on all gun sales and a strong Red Flag law. #SmarterGunLawsNOW⠀
ACTION: In light of the recent tragedies, we are asking everyone to come together and take action. Every day, 100 Americans are shot and killed and hundreds more are wounded. This is more than mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso; in recent weeks, gun violence has devastated Baltimore, Gilroy, Canoga Park, Newport News, and Brooklyn. This is a public health crisis that demands urgent action. ⠀ ⠀ The U.S. Senate leadership has had over 200 days to pass gun safety legislation and save lives. We should all be free to live without the fear of being shot. Demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and your U.S. senators pass research-backed gun safety policies like a strong Red Flag law and background checks on all gun sales.⠀ ⠀ Text CHECKS to 644-33 to be connected with your senators and urge them to take action!!⠀
Seven years ago, a white supremacist who should have never been able to access a firearm entered the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, shot and killed six people, and wounded four others. ⠀ ⠀ When hate crimes involve a gun, they are more likely to turn deadly - putting marginalized communities at greater risk. We must continue fighting to #DisarmHate in our communities.⠀
Last night, hundreds of #StudentsDemandAction and @MomsDemand volunteers attending Gun Sense University from across the country marched through D.C. to make our voices heard: we will not give up the fight to end gun violence. 💪
ACTION: We’re tired of waiting for the Senate and @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell to act — they’ve had over 200 days to pass gun safety laws that can save lives.⠀ ⠀ In less than 24 hours, 29 people were killed in mass acts of gun violence, and on average 100 Americans will be fatally shot every day the Senate fails to act.⠀ ⠀ Click the link in our bio to send an email NOW urging your senators to vote on gun safety.⠀
In less than 24 hours, two American cities were devastated by mass acts of gun violence. On Saturday, 20 people were killed and 26 injured in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. A 21-year-old white man was arrested by police. Early this morning, 9 people were killed and at least 26 injured in a shooting in downtown Dayton, Ohio. The suspect was killed by police. The time for the Senate to act is NOW: Text CHECKS to 644-33 to demand that your senators take meaningful action on gun safety reform.
HAPPENING NOW: In the wake of yet another horrific mass shooting in America, hundreds of Students Demand Action and @MomsDemand volunteers have descended upon the nation’s capital to demand action on gun violence that steals 100 lives and injures hundreds more every day. If our lawmakers won’t act - make no mistake - we will replace them with those who will.
New research analyzed gun ownership numbers in all 50 states between 1990 to 2016. They found that states with larger gun ownership populations also have greater amounts of domestic firearm homicides. Women are disproportionately affected by these firearm homicides. ⠀ ⠀ According to the #NationalDomesticViolenceHotline, “women killed by their partners are more likely to be murdered with a firearm than by all other means combined, and the presence of a gun in domestic violence situations can increase the risk of homicide for women by as much as 500 percent.”⠀ ⠀ The majority of mass shootings in the U.S. are related to domestic or family violence. In at least 54 percent of mass shootings (94 incidents), the perpetrator also shot a current or former intimate partner or family member.⠀ ⠀ Read the full @nytimes article at the link in our bio.⠀ ⠀
Exciting news!! We launched our new #StudentsDemandAction website yesterday🥳 Use the link in our bio to check out the new website, our latest merch and some volunteer highlights!
Tonight marks the beginning of the second round of #DemDebates. Want to know what the candidates have been saying about gun violence prevention? Check out the @everytown policy tracker for up-to-date info on the gun reform policy platforms of all the candidates running for the White House. ⠀ ⠀ Link in our bio! #DemDebate
Over the weekend, at least two shootings took place at community events––one in Brownsville, Brooklyn and another at a local food festival #GilroyGarlicFestival in California. ⠀ ⠀ Eleven people were shot and injured at a Brownsville Old Timers Day event, and one 38-year-old man was killed. The victims ranged in age from 21 to 55 years old. ⠀ ⠀ In California, three people were shot and killed and fifteen others injured. Among those killed was a six-year-old boy, Stephen Romero who was attending the festival with his grandmother and mother; they were both shot and injured. ⠀ ⠀ These two heart-breaking events demonstrate America’s unacceptable gun violence problem. Today we hold the victims, survivors and communities in our hearts.
Student activists in Oregon scored a huge victory last week when the governor of Oregon signed a bill that would allow students to take mental health days in the same way that they take sick days. The students behind the bill wanted to help get rid of the enduring stigma around mental health, and were inspired by the student activists from Parkland.⠀ ⠀ “We were inspired by Parkland in the sense that it showed us that young people can totally change the political conversation… just like those movements, this bill is something completely coming from the youth.” - @hailey.hardcastle, one of the students that advocated for the bill.⠀ ⠀ Young people across the country are making real, important change in their communities - you absolutely love to see it.
We asked for art, and you delivered. Huge shoutout to @upneetaujla for this amazing, inspirational collage!!⠀ ⠀ We’re still accepting #StudentsDemandAction-inspired art submissions. DM or tag us in your artwork! 🎨🖌❤️
We know that more guns in more places does not keep us safer, and that includes schools. Arming teachers is a terrible idea for dozens of reasons, not least of which is that schools should not feel like prisons, and students should not fear their educators. Learn more at the link in our bio.
Gun violence has a significant impact on young people in America, and it's important to share the stories of what that impact looks like. We invite you to submit your stories to Everytown’s #MomentsThatSurvive Memory Wall. The Memory Wall allows gun violence survivors to share the moments that define their unique journeys. Gun violence in any form – whether a person witnessed an act of gun violence, was threatened or wounded with a gun, or had someone they know or care for wounded or killed – can leave a lasting impact on individuals.⠀ ⠀ By sharing your story, you are amplifying the power of diverse survivor experiences by putting a human face on our nation’s gun violence crisis. ⠀ ⠀ Use the link in our bio to add your story. ⠀
Four years ago today, two people were shot and killed and one injured at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana.⠀ ⠀ Today we hold the victims, survivors, and community in our hearts and continue to honor them with action.⠀
Happy #MotivationMonday -- let the young person who made this sign inspire you to get involved in the gun violence prevention movement and help make a difference this week. Join #StudentsDemandAction by texting STUDENTS to 644-33, and tell a friend to join!
Seven years ago, Caren Teves’ son Alex was shot and killed at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Now, she works to ensure that we remember the names of those who had their lives cut short - not the name of the shooter. #NoNotoriety ⠀ ⠀ Click the link in our bio to read Caren’s #MomentsThatSurvive story.⠀