Parkland Survivors Call Out Reporters for Ignoring Black Kids Protesting Gun Violence
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 24, 2018,
Mar 24, 2018, 20:58
Thousands of students and gun-control advocates gathered Saturday morning throughout the Bay Area to take part in demonstrations as part of the nationwide March for Our Lives spurred by last month's deadly Parkland, Florida high school shooting.
"Anyone who travels to the USA or has family and friends in the United States could be impacted by gun violence in America, and many already have been", said organizer Bodil Geyer, an American living in Vancouver.
The rally is being planned by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, others involved with their #NeverAgain movement, Everytown for Gun Safety, Giffords Courage and other organizations and supporters. The movement they are leading, which mushroomed after the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fl.
"We really wanted to make sure that we highlighted and uplifted the student voices, because numerous events in San Diego are often organized by community organizations", he said.
Local students are joining in rallies across the country and around globe to demand gun control. In order to reduce violence effectively, we must take all allegations of cruelty to animals seriously and teach young people that the abuse of any victim is unacceptable.
Naomi noted the privilege she said, in that she was being heard, while many black women are not.
As for the timing: We knew seeing guns would have a visceral impact on people, and we anticipated some would see it as "tone-deaf".
"A lot of these students are going to be old enough to vote soon", Roberson said. Since Columbine in 1999, there have been at least 129 school shooting deaths, per the Washington Post. Trump also tweeted on Saturday, to ban "bump stocks" was a critical step in reducing firearms violence.
Students in Washington, D.C., will walk down Pennsylvania Avenue during march alongside pop stars Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato.
Full funding of mental health services, while stressing that most people with mental health illness are non-violent, mental health programs have been severely cut, and the central problem remains proliferation of guns, not mental health.
With the national march falling days later across the country, "We made a decision to keep it lower key", said Diversity Alliance sponsor Tina Rushing, opting to engage passers-by with a bake sale fundraiser and the petition.
She added it's important the march is student-led because, in many cases, young people are more likely to listen and learn from other young people as opposed to adults.