Parkland

School Walkout Support

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Your DGB for today is to utilize or share the ACLU’s resource for school walkout participants.

 

https://www.aclu.org/issues/free-speech/student-speech-and-privacy/students-rights-speech-walkouts-and-other-protests

 

In the aftermath of the 2/14 Parkland, Florida school shooting that left 17 staff and students dead, teenagers have become the activists we should all strive to be. They’ve organized the March for Our Lives, which will take place this Saturday, 3/24, and a nationwide school walkout, which many young people participated in on 3/14. Some school administrators threatened or carried out punishments for students who walked out of class that day and the ACLU wants student activists to know their rights and share their stories at the link above.

 

March For Our Lives

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Your DGB for today is to find a way to support the March for Our Lives, organized by the student-led #NeverAgain movement.

You know by now how this usually goes: a bunch of innocent kids/concert-goers/parishioners die in a hail of bullets, the country recoils in horror, folks beg lawmakers to DO SOMETHING, politicians offer thoughts & prayers, and nothing happens. Lather, rinse, repeat. Not this time. The kids at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High said, “oh, HELLLLLL no” and many Americans are following their lead. The movement is organizing the March for Our Lives for March 24th in Washington, DC, and over 400 satellite marches have sprung up. When you go to the march’s website, you can donate, pick up merch, and find a march in your area.

Instead of disappearing from the news cycle, the issue of gun violence is staying visible. You can tell how effective the student-led activism has been by how vicious the response from the NRA is. They’re panicking. This is our moment, folks. Grab it.

 

Blood Money Talks

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Your DGB for today is to support companies who have changed aspects of their business in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

 

Companies that have removed discounts/deals for NRA members:

 

United Airlines

Delta Airlines

Hertz

Enterprise

Avis/Budget

TrueCar

Symantec

SimpliSafe

MetLife

Allied Van Lines

Paramount Rx

Best Western

Wyndham Hotel Group

Starkey Hearing Technologies

 

Stores that have changed their gun sale policies:

 

Walmart

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Kroger

LL Bean

 

Other Companies that have ended NRA-related affiliations:

 

First National Bank of Omaha

Republic Bank

 

Please tweet us with any additions to this list and we’ll update!

 

 

#NeverAgain and #BlackLivesMatter

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Your DGB for today is to read this article in Teen Vogue and take the message to heart.

All of us here at DGB are mothers of school-age kids. Events like Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Parkland keep us up at night, contemplating bulletproof backpacks, homeschooling, and/or moving to Australia. We’ve been so impressed by the student-led #NeverAgain movement. Anything that gives the NRA heartburn and panic attacks pleases us greatly.

But it’s also true that Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, et al are not the first kids to protest gun violence. Black teens have been working their butts off on this issue as part of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which should come as no surprise when Black teenagers have been paying for white supremacy and gun culture with their dead bodies. Their contributions didn’t light a fire in the public consciousness like the work of the Parkland kids, and it should have.

As we go forward in this moment where there seems to be a spark of hope that change may come, let’s not forget who we have to thank, listen to, and partner with. Any conversation about gun violence must wrestle with issues of racism and policing, in addition to mental illness, the gun lobby, etc.

We have hope for the future, because all these kids are the fierce leaders we need. We just wish it hadn’t come at such a high price to them.