Hi! My name is Nza-Ari Khepra, and I’m a Co-Founder of Wear Orange and Project Orange Tree! Like many people, my involvement in the gun violence prevention movement started with an extreme tragedy at a unnecessarily young age. In 2013, one of my friends, Hadiya Pendleton, was murdered in a senseless shooting minutes away from our high school. Our community was devastated. Hadiya was only 15 years old and she was a positive light that continued to burn brighter each day. In response to Chicago’s violent state, a group of Chicago high schoolers and I founded a structural violence awareness organization called Project Orange Tree, which later inspired Wear Orange. Over the years, Project Orange Tree and Wear Orange have receive many accolades ranging from millions of people showing support virtually to historic support from President Obama. Still, the highest accomplishment this activism can receive, the reason this work means so much to me, is knowing that our young people across America’s bright lights and smiles are protected from the same tragedies so many of us have been forced to battle with. #MFOLSpotlight
Don’t let your senator be complacent. Call 1-866-368-5630 to urge your senator to pass S. 42, the universal background checks bill. #SurviveUS
One year ago, we launched our revolution on the streets of America by holding the single largest protest against gun violence in history. Young people from every walk of life were energized around one common idea: we shouldn’t have to fear for our lives because our current leadership is immoral. We can be the leadership that this country needs, instead. One year later, hundreds of chapters have launched across our country, and young people are breaking new ground on eradicating gun violence. We’re having life saving conversations in America for the first time. Join us this year by being the change: organize a MFOL chapter in your community by visiting marchforourlives.com/chapters. We are winning, and we want you to be a part of it. #MarchForOurLives
We aren’t only the future, we’re creating a future. Believe in, invest in, and empower young people. Photo from: @ocefoundation
The gun violence epidemic in America has reached every aspect of public life. Today, the house will vote on Universal Background Check Bill HR8. Congress can finally put #ChecksOverChecks. Help us save lives & call 1-844-846-8344 to demand YES on HR8.
Last year, we marched. Last November, we voted. Now, we fight. The mission of MFOL is not another march, but to create a force of change across the nation and the world. Visit our website to find a chapter near you! Together we will continue to mobilize, organize, and win.
A year ago, we announced the March For Our Lives. Since then, MFOL has grown from a few teenagers in Florida to hundreds of chapters across the country. Want to be a changemaker? Join or start a chapter in your area at marchforourlives.com
On February 14th, 2018, 17 lives were lost in a tragic and preventable act of gun violence. Everything we have done and everything we will do is for them. We will be going dark for four days from February 14th through the 17th. During that time, if past trends continue, around 400 people in the U.S. will likely be shot to death. Thank you for joining this fight alongside us this past year. Together, we will make sure no other community or family goes through what we went through last February. #MSDStrong
On Wednesday, the House held its first hearing on gun violence since 2011. Our local MFOL chapters made their presence known as they flooded the capital to show their support for #HR8. Photo taken by Jose Luis Magana
Every Friday, starting tomorrow, we will be reposting your activism-inspired art on our story! Be sure to submit your beautiful creations using the hashtag #ArtForOurLives so the world can see 🌎🎨✨
Trayvon Martin should have turned 24 today. His life, like so many others in America, was brutally cut short before he was able to graduate high school. While honoring Trayvon, we must remind ourselves to advocate for solutions that put an end to ALL forms of gun violence. Rest in power, Trayvon.
Last week, @changetheref - an organization founded by the parents of Joaquin Oliver - hosted a powerful demonstration on the Capital lawn in Washington. The 105 individuals pictured are wearing masks of Joaquin Oliver's face, representing the average number of Americans that die from gun violence every day. . Picture by: @lenscapgirl
If you’re old enough to be affected by gun violence, you’re old enough to stand up against it. Enough is enough, and every one of us will prove that. Repost from: @jabber_walking
We spent the evening with champions of the gun violence prevention movement on Capitol Hill. This Congress is more dedicated to solving this issue than ever before. #WeSaveLives
After 11 years of inaction — a first step. All because we voted. 🇺🇸
Visit toms.com to send a postcard to your representative to pass universal background checks, something more than 90% of Americans agree on. We will #EndGunViolenceTogether✌🏽🧡
”I got involved with activism after I was eating dinner with a few friends and looked up at the TV to see that 26 teachers and students were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I remember hanging with a bunch of teens at the National Vigil that year and hearing Matthew Soto talk about his sister Vicki, one of the victims. Seeing a 16-year-old speak with the demeanor of a 60-year-old was really my call to action...There is no greater motivator than looking beyond the statistics and seeing the faces behind the numbers. To me, this work is simply to inspire convictions in others so they can go out and do the same.“ -Maxwell Frost, Orlando #MFOLSpotlight
Today, the 116th Congress was sworn in. This is one of the most youthful, diverse, and NRA-money free groups in history. We are confident that these new lawmakers will craft legislation to help create a safer America. 🇺🇸
cheesin for the holiday season😁 **check our story to see the giveaway winners**
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from March For Our Lives! We are so grateful, today and everyday, for all the love and support you give us 🎄❄️❤️ ***Reminder that our giveaway ends at midnight!***
Today we mourn 26 lives ripped away too early. Six years ago, Sandy Hook Elementary School was devastated, and the community forever changed. It is a pain we know all too well. Newtown, then and always, we stand with you.
Being a runner up for TIME’s Person of the Year truly shows the power that young people possess in the U.S. and around the world. This is just a preview of the changes that will come as the #MarchForOurLives continues.
Thank you to the Smithsonian Magazine for awarding us with the American Ingenuity Award (and for letting us breathe the same air as John Krasinski). Our ingenuity is not only in our twitter feeds, but in every one of you. In activating your power. 📸: Vithaya Phongsavan and Daniel Swartz
Thank you to the KidsRights Foundation for awarding us with the 2018 International Children’s Peace Prize. This award is for everyone that has supported us, marched with us, and organized with us. This is only the beginning of our global movement. We love you. #ChildrensPeacePrize
We all made history with the largest youth turnout in 25 years! We will perpetuate this life-saving conversation until we eradicate gun violence and have morally just leaders in office. Thanks to all the young people that have supported us since the beginning. We will win!
The young people on the way to win today!!! #ElectionDay
Cali was a huge success!! We bussed out early voters and canvassed around Irvine. We ended a great day of outreach with a powerful rally. Now it’s time for us all to vote and win.🗳🧡
You’ve heard of partying to the polls... but this time, it’s a parade!! Huge thanks to ASU for being such an enthusiastic and engaged campus. Let’s go sun devils! ❤️💛
No old enough to vote? You can still inspire others to vote through art! Get out there & chalk it up in your neighborhood with your BFFS!! #ChalkTheVote #TurnoutTuesday 🎨
Leaping into midterms! #VoteForOurLives 💃🏾
The support of King family since the very beginning of this movement has inspired us to work harder everyday to save lives. @officialmlking3 ✊🏽
The 11 lives lost today at the Tree Of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill will not be forgotten. We will fight for you every day. Every day of inaction we realize we do not live in a peaceful nation — we need to confront hate hand in hand. תיקון עולם
We came. We canvassed. We registered tons of new voters and fed a few hundred hungry college students! #VoteForOurLives #November6th
Honored to have made the New York Times Bestsellers list among such great company. Thanks for supporting us from day 1. Y’all the realest™
TOMORROW is another #TurnoutTuesday! We have MFOL Town Halls being planned in cities all over the country, including Brookline, Salt Lake City, Rockville, Fort Dodge, Boca Raton, Riverside and so many more — all student-led. Let’s keep these vital conversations going through midterms and beyond! 🔜🗳
Join us at the #PartyAtThePolls event in Nashville this Saturday!!! The concert will be FREE and feature Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Sheryl Crow, Lucie Silvas, and more! RSVP at: partyatthepolls.us
Inspiring a new wave of voters through art! #TurnoutTuesday 🎨✊🏽
#TURNOUTTUESDAY IS TOMORROW! It’s time to channel your inner Picasso and Get ART The Vote. Remember to post your pictures using the hashtag #TurnoutTuesday — we can’t wait to see all the posters you put up in your community! 🎨
Did you hear?! 📢 We are going on a tour to colleges around the nation before the midterms: VOTE FOR OUR LIVES. See you on campus — RSVP on our website (Fall Tour Dates)!
Thank you to all the beautiful people who participated in this #TurnoutTuesday! We will be the change. 🇺🇸
We’re registering so many voters around the nation with all these flag shirts! Link to register in our bio — voter reg deadlines are coming up (many states have deadlines today)! #TurnoutTuesday
Let’s keep it goin’! #TurnoutTuesday 🇺🇸🌟
#TurnoutTuesday is off to a great start! Post pictures in your flag shirt today & tag us 🇺🇸
#TURNOUTTUESDAY IS TOMORROW! Wear your MFOL flag shirt, register some voters using the QR code (many states have their voter reg deadline tomorrow), and take some cute selfies with the hashtag #TurnoutTuesday!!! Make sure to tag us and we’ll share the most creative and empowering posts! Get pumped 🇺🇸❤️
LET’S MAKE HISTORY THIS NOVEMBER! Sign up (link in bio) for MFOL's #TurnoutTuesday series to make a difference in your community from now → midterms!
And that’s a wrap for #NationalVoterRegistrationDay & #MayorsForOurLives! So exciting to see countless young leaders activating and educating their communities. Next stop...November 6th!
Today, mayors all over the country are registering new, lifetime voters in their communities! Make sure to register yourself, your friends, and your neighbors at marchforourlives.com — there’s nothing more patriotic than voting with your fellow Americans! 🇺🇸