Although 3 days of organizing, training, and coalition building has come to a close, attendees of #OurPower have left with valuable lessons to apply to their communities. When we come together, we thrive. #marchforourlives
Yesterday we saw another example of a failure of moral leadership. Legislation to help curb gun violence in Virginia did not even get a vote, with Speaker Cox and Senator Tommy Norment working behind the scenes to rig the system to close the legislative session almost as soon as it began. This is an insult to the coalition of activists that stood outside rallying; it was an insult to Virginians that want common-sense gun safety laws; it was an insult to the survivors and victims we continue to lose daily. We will remember their failure to act the next time they offer hollow and meaningless “thoughts and prayers.” In the meantime we will not stop fighting. And in the fall, we will be voting in the 2019 Virginia House of Delegates election. #votethemout #gvpsession #votesandlaws #virginia #vasenategop #gunviolence
This Independence Day, we want to remind everyone that none of us are free until we’re all free from gun violence’s destructive impact on our communities. According to @giffordscourage Law Center, homicide rates are up to 10 times higher in New Orleans, Detroit, and Baltimore than the US national average, a rate that PEAKS in the summer. Two years ago in Chicago, more than 100 lives were lost over the Fourth of July weekend — this past weekend alone, 56 people were shot. Gun violence is an epidemic, and one that disproportionately affects certain communities. Have a safe holiday – regardless of where you are – and keep fighting for a future where all of our communities are safe.
Our @mfolgeorgia family registered voters in our NEW pride shirt!!! Check out our merch link to pick one up for yourself!! 💅🌈
We’re proud to have so many LGBTQ+ people in our organization, from leadership to chapter members around the country. Queer young people are gonna end gun violence 🌈💜✨ #PRIDE
Four years ago today, an act of violence was committed in a historic place of Worship. 9 individuals were ruthlessly murdered during bible study. No American, regardless of race, religion, or identity should fear for their safety. Our time in the Mother Emmanuel community will always have a special place in our hearts. We will forever remember them, and act in their name.
It’s #PRIDE month BABY🏳️🌈!! There is a huge intersection between the LGBTQ+ community and the work here at MFOL. Through our Pride T-shirts (swipe; art by @iris_and_quill), we will be donating $2,500 to the @trevorproject, an organization that provides a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for queer youth. Cheers to the queers ✨🌈 #LoveIsLove
Last summer, during our Road To Change stop in Orlando we had a chance to visit the #Pulse memorial with @brandonjwolf . Today, marks three years since that horrid day. We stand by the LGBTQ+ community. We will continue to fight and #HonorThemWithAction . We will not let hate win.
Today we sat down with students from @marchforourlives_clt about how to activate and organize around the conversation of gun violence prevention. Next stop: Portland, Maine!
A very productive conversation with students in Milwaukee on how they can work with other organizers of with different perspectives and experiences to create an intersectional front to combat gun violence in their communities.
Encouraging and empowering the next generation of voters at Taylor Allderdice High School today in Pittsburgh.
Our high school tour started in New Orleans at Benjamin Franklin HS. Seniors have grown up with school shootings as commonplace, with active shooter drills at school and talks from scared parents at home. Here's what it's like growing up as part of #GenerationLockdown. The threat of an active shooter has become so normalized that it’s just another part of our lives. The other day I was talking to my friend and we were going over all the places we’d hide if there was a shooting. We were dying our Easter eggs at the time. - Analina Barnes, 17 . Whenever I hear the bell ring at the beginning or the end of class, I’m reminded that that same sound could also be a warning of imminent danger. - Emma Cho, 17 . I remember being in middle school and them nicknaming potential shooters Mr. Orange or Mrs. Orange, being that young we didn’t always take it seriously, we’ve had to mature alongside gun violence. - Yehuda Potasha, 17 . After the parkland shooting, my parents sat me down. I’ve never heard them speak to me the way they did that day. They told me that 5 textbooks could stop a bullet. Just knowing that they were this afraid for me, shook me. I woke up that day. - Allison Lee, 17
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
Back in the birthplace of where we all came together, but this time, with our @MFOLDC chapter. We will end gun violence together. 🧡
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
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 💃🏾