Educators, students, and parents nationwide have mobilized to force action on gun violence. Here are some ways to get involved:
March 14th – the Women’s March has announced a National School Walkout. The idea behind this day is that school communities will walk out of their schools for 17 minutes to honor the lives lost in Parkland. NEA will join with AFT in encouraging educators throughout the country to wear orange on this day.
March 24th – Students from around the country led by the students from Parkland will converge on Washington DC to call for an end to gun violence against our students and educators on school campuses. This is truly a day of student voice and NEA will be working on ways to elevate the voice of students. NEA is planning to open our doors to act as a staging location for the students and we hope to bring in teams of educators and students from campuses that have experienced gun violence. We will be in touch with more information to those impacted states shortly. More information on the march, including the launch of sister marches in other cities, can be found at https://www.marchforourlives.com/
April 20th — The National Day of Action against Gun Violence in Schools will have communities across America engage in actions that will bring attention and force changes necessary to end gun violence in our schools. This day might include a day of community service, a town hall meeting with students and elected officials or even back home meetings with your members of Congress. The list of coalition partners continues to grow showing the interest on the ground to take a stand against gun violence. It is truly up to all of you to design the event that works best and will create the most pressure. We urge you to click here to register your event or your intent to take action. We also ask that you help us to spread the word about this day of action by sharing the link and details as widely as possible.
Also, NEA has prepared an advisory on participating in school walkouts. You can read it here.