Last year, Women’s March Youth Empower mobilized nearly 1.6 million students to walk out of our classrooms and schools in protest of Congress’ inaction on gun violence. It was an impactful day — the largest distributed single-day protest in history.
In the past year, over 35,000 people lost their lives to gun violence because politicians have chosen to value the gun lobby over children’s lives. Every day, 47 children and teens just like us fall victim to gun violence. Young people — especially Black and Brown youth — are disproportionately impacted by gun violence.
The week of the anniversary of the #ENOUGH walkouts, we’re bringing young activists together to organize creative actio ns to be displayed and performed all week long, culminating in youth-led town halls centered around gun violence on the afternoon of March 14 in communities across the country. To conclude the week of action, Youth Empower is supporting the Youth Climate Strike US on March 15.
Calling all young activists: Find an action in your area here. If you don’t see one near you, organize your own!
If you sign up to organize an action, you won’t have to do it on your own. We’ll be providing toolkits and hosting weekly calls for Youth Week of Action organizers. In addition, we’re partnering with Peace First to offer mini-grants to young organizers to get their actions off the ground. Email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP for instructions on how to apply! The grant application deadline is Monday, February 25.
Meet the Women’s March Youth Empower 2019 Cohort!Young people will not stay silent while decisions are made that impact our lives. Gun violence continues to ravage communities and traumatize families across the country. We’re speaking out against our nation’s gun violence epidemic, and we aren’t stopping anytime soon.
Sara and Samantha