Central High School Walkout

A Peacemaking Project by Symone H.

What is the injustice we are solving?

The students at my school are tired of being afraid to come to school. The students at my school have come together to put together a walkout to start a conversation in our community about gun control. The plan for our school is on March 14, the students will be walking out at 10 am, for 17 minutes, to protest every life lost in the Parkland, Florida shooting. Then, at 3:20 pm, after school ends, the students and the teachers, and students from other schools, are marching to our city hall, to get people aware of the need for gun control in America. Our students don't want to halt the conversation, we don't want people to feel closed off, and attacked for their views. What we want is for the community to start talking about we can do to push for more gun control, so that we can protect our students, our teachers, our community.

Comments:

Adrian B.
5 April 2018 15:22

Hi Symone,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!

Best,
Adrian  

Chisom O.
30 March 2018 20:06

This is a bold step you guys have decided to take. It is very important everyone understands the need for gun control. Regular gun shootings in America has a very big effect especially on the psychology of the youths which the students are among.. This step your community have taken is in the right direction
 

Kelsey T.
2 March 2018 17:32

Hi Symone! Thanks for starting this project and for organizing this important work in your community to address gun violence. This is such a critical issue and takes courage to stand up -- so thank you and keep up the amazing work!

It sounds like your school community is engaged in this and that is fantastic.... This is another young person who is also trying to organize a march at their school -- but worried about how to get others on board --
I wonder if you could comment and give them any advice you have from your experience?
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/sjcds-gun-control-walkout

If you haven't already, be sure to check out Women's March Youth's resources:
-Their toolkit:
https://www.womensmarch.com/enough-toolkit/
-Their FAQs:
https://www.womensmarch.com/enough-faq


Here are some other people doing similar work on the Peace First platform:

https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/youth-rally-end-gun-violence
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/bake-action-against-gun-violence
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/gun-violence
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/quaker-teen-march-against-gun-violence

And some stories and articles, too:
https://www.peacefirst.org/stories/never-again-students-stand-against-gun-violence
https://www.peacefirst.org/stories/finding-solution-gun-violence
https://www.peacefirst.org/stories/peace-first-duets-arne-duncan-and-mary-pat-hector-discuss-gun-violence-chicago

Thanks so much for putting your hand up to do this important work! And let us know how we can help!

If you're interested in a mini-grant to support your work, you'd be very welcome to apply. The next step is to explore the root causes of the injustice and create compassionate insight. Then you can create a plan and apply for a mini-grant when you are ready. Our tools can help with all of this:
https://www.peacefirst.org/peacemaking-tools

Thank you for doing this important work and let us know how we can support you!