In response to our elected officials’ failure to address gun violence we, the students of the Far Rockaway Educational Campus have organized a local walkout in solidarity with the Women’s March EMPOWER to call for comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation.
Far Rockaway, Queens, NY — March 14, 2018 marks one month since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 14 students and 3 staff members killed and many others wounded or injured. We are calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes (in honor of the 17 lives taken in the tragedy in Parkland) at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018 to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.
We, the students at the Far Rockaway Educational Campus, have decided that this moment is too crucial and this issue too urgent to stand idly by. We believe that if we remain silent we agree with what is going on in our schools and community. With the recent shootings in our community we feel we should not fear coming to school. We stand united to stand up against gun violence, both in and around our school.
On March 14th at the sound of the class bell (9:52am) we will be walking out of our classes and safely to our football field. As we get to the field we will kneel in unity and have a moment of silence (at approximately 10 am) for those lost in our community and across the nation. A guest speaker will share a few words and then at 10:17am we will return to our classes.
We are walking out for ALL people who have experienced gun violence, including systemic forms of gun violence that disproportionately impact teens in Black and Brown communities. It is important that when we refer to gun violence, we do not overlook the impact of police brutality and militarized policing, or see police in schools as a solution. We also recognize the United States has exported gun violence through imperialist foreign policy to destabilize other nations.
We raise our voices for action against all these forms of gun violence. We students and our allies are organizing the school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to protect us. WE ARE NOT SAFE at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns. We need action. It is our elected officials’ jobs to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that will address the public health crisis of gun violence. We want Congress to pay attention and take note: many of us will vote this November and many others will cast their ballots in 2020.
Over 2,545 demonstrations have been registered across the nation! This our notice to you to join us!
Any questions or comments in regards to this can be directed to the QLA Far Rockaway Peer Mentor Group via (718)261-3047 ext. 608 or the QLA Community Outreach Liaison, firstname.lastname@example.org