Chat for Change- Cobb County Townhall
A Peacemaking Project by Abbi S.
What is the injustice we are solving?
Chat for Change is a student coordinated town hall seeking to tackle the on going argument around gun violence. On April 14, 2018, we will gather in conversation in attempt to better understand what the best choices are for the community. We will also be giving individuals the opportunity to register to vote if they need to do so. As more information is released, you will easily be able to find it here!
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of Gun violence within communities, especially in regards to schools.
we will address Common sense gun laws and school action against gun violence.
by Unifying youth around the nation to urge congress to institute change.
Our Project Plan:
- EMPOWER the youth of Kennesaw
- Force Congress to stop their inaction towards gun control
- Create and maintain a safe learning environment throughout Cobb County and the greater Atlanta area
We will increase my / our compassion by...
We will listen. We will listen to the voices of those who may have never been listened to before. We will promote a peaceful environment for people to speak, be silent, and most importantly- to walk. We will become a unified group with all who are willing to walk, and together will will EMPOWER each other.
How will you show courage?
We will walkout regardless of pushback. We as leaders of the movement will make sure we walk. We will not let those who want to walk remain stationary anymore.
How will you collaborate with others?
We will work with graphic engineers, artists, writers, news anchors, and students from around the school to create a face for our movement. We will work together to brand our mission and share it not only with each other, but with the whole community.
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
We know we are heading in the right direction when we get text messages saying "thank you!" and "I'm so glad someone's helping us do this." We know we're heading in the right direction when we see the number of RSVPs rise, and hear people talking about it in the halls. We will move in the right direction until we are marching March 14.
- Inform students, staff, and allies about walkout
- Communicate and coordinate plans with Dr. Trach (principal)
- Create campaign plan with flyers, collaboration with school television/newspaper etc
- Inform students, staff, and allies about official plans for walkout
- Create posters, speeches, and walkout material
- Inform and invite the community to walkout with us
Winter BreakHello everyone!
It has been less than 48 hours since the RSVP has gone live on ActionNetwork and I am so excited to say we have gained a solid amount of enthusiasm and momentum! I have emailed Dr. Trach and plan to meet with him when we are back in school. He seemed receptive to the idea of the walkout, and I hope to inform him of what it is you all have to say!
I am working so hard to make sure your voices are heard, and look forward to when I can give you more details!
KMHS Walkout update 2.1-2.3Hello students, staff, and allies! I have been overwhelmed with happiness and excitement with all the support and feedback I've been getting! I know things can't be 100% finalized since we're on break right now, but I still want y'all to know that I'm going to make sure you get your walkout and that you're heard!
I am talking to students from schools across Cobb County and throughout the state and we are actively discussing the precautions we can take to keep these walkouts peaceful and keep all participants from any harm or punishment!
Remember to RSVP to show how much the walkout means to us, and remember that when I am able to get definite plans I will be able to contact you all via your RSVP email! You can still find the RSVP link in my Instagram bio, linked to my Snapchat/Facebook/Twitter posts, and you can even ask me for it if you want! That's all I have for now, thank you for the support!!
** KMHS Walkout Update 3.0 with Community NoteGood morning Kennesaw. I am thrilled to hear of so much support from students, faculty, and allies! The events to take place March 14th are truly going to say something on behalf of every individual who can't vote but deserves to be heard. I am awaiting a planned but unscheduled approach from the principal of the school, and will make sure to announce what the exact plan is when I can.
Switching gears, it is unfortunate for me to hear that Cobb County School District superintendent Chris Ragsdale announced a plan to institute unscheduled, unannounced code red drills across the county. He deemed this plan as being "absolutely uncomfortable" but necessary in order to garentee the safety of students and faculty around the nation.
At Kennesaw Mountain High School, a new system (AlertPoint) has been installed. This system has falsely set off code red alarms at least five times and the results have just been scarring. Just from talking to a teacher and individuals this morning, reactions to these false alarms have inhibited our ease of mind for hours following the false alarms and overall struck fear and anxiety throughout the faculty and staff.
Although drills, tedious planning, and a fully developed understanding of the roles of students and faculty in the event of a real code reds are necessary, I do not want to see my friends and teachers anxious and upset anymore than is necessary; necessary being never.
I would like to express my opposition to Mr. Ragsdale respectfully. I strongly believe revisions to all county and school code red protocols is an absolute necessary. However, I believe that creating fear among the community through experience should not be the plan of action. I do not want another student, teacher, or family to ever even falsely believe there is a chance of losing a life again under the circumstances of an active shooter on campus. We should continue the training we have, create stronger plans, and unite to create an effective change throughout Cobb County.
I am proud to be apart of the community of Cobb County, and hope to see more respectful and considerate plans take place in lieu of what Mr. Ragsdale has suggested. I urge everyone to open up conversation about these plans, and listen to one another to fully understand where we stand as a community on this topic. I thank everyone who continues the conversation on gun violence and school safety, and know that everyone is working to make sure schools are the safest place for students once again.
Walk for TalkHello everyone,
I admit that I have been delayed updating this project. I wanted to make sure that the people I am now working with have developed a mission and a plan for what is to come.
I along with students from Kennesaw Mountain High School want to give students from Cobb County a voice with no punishment. We want to get people to make educated choices and we want the adults and students to listen to one another as we move forward.
We have decided to hold a Cobb County town hall. We will be allowing students, teachers, parents etc to speak on the topic of gun violence and making sure their voices are heard. As of right now we have a lot of updating to do to make this project turn out well, but we are optimistic and prepared as ever.
Another opportunity participants will have is to register to vote if you have not already. We will have stations available for anyone who wants to do so.
The date is set as April 14th, a month from today. We will be releasing location and time information as soon as those are available. I will be updating the details of this project as I have already gotten some advice from people at Peace First.