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Schools across our region are staging a walkout today

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Schools across our region will be walking out of class today at 10:00 AM to protest the gun violence epidemic plaguing our schools.

The walkout organized by Women’s March Youth Empower is expected to last 17 minutes.

School Districts Affected:

  • Hopatcong
  • Jefferson
  • Roxbury

Who is Organizing the Walkout?

Women’s March Youth Empower is calling for a National School Walkout to protest Congress’ refusal to take action on the gun violence epidemic plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.  Our elected officials must do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to this violence. Students and allies are organizing a National School Walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship. We view this work as part of an ongoing and decades-long movement for gun violence prevention, in honor of all victims of gun violence ㅡ from James Brady to Trayvon Martin to the 17-people killed in Parkland. 

We are not safe at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns. Congress must take meaningful action to ​keep us safe ​and pass federal gun reform legislation that addresses this public health crisis. We want Congress to pay attention and take note: many of us will vote this November and many others will flood the polls in 2020.  

  • Students and staff have the right to learn and teach in an environment free from fear of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school. 
  • Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day.  
  • We all have the right to live free from fear and violence in our community. 

What are their Demands?   

We demand that Congress enact an immediate resolution declaring gun violence a public health crisis and dedicating federal funding to research solutions and implement violence intervention programs. We demand Congress recognize all forms of gun violence, including violence committed by police.     

The priority policies we support are: 

  • Banning Assault Weapons & High Capacity Magazines / S. 2095 / H.R. 5087 
  • Expanding Background Checks to All Gun Sales / S. 2009 / H.R. 4052 
  • Passing Gun Violence Restraining Order Law / ​S. 1212​/ ​H.R. 2598   
  • Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act / S.1856 / H.R. 1556    The priority policies we oppose are: 
    • Conceal Carry Reciprocity HR 38 / ​S 446 
    • Any legislation that would aim to fortify our schools with more guns. 

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