Dear MoveOn member,
At a rally in Parkland, Florida, over the weekend, Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school student Emma Gonzalez had this message to share: "To the politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent this: We call BS!"1
Brave students are leading the way, and it is up to us to follow them.
The students in Parkland are not just calling BS, they are turning their grief into action. Less than a week after 17 of their classmates and teachers were murdered in the hallways of their school, these students have made their demands very clear: They want to kick out members of Congress who take money from the NRA, make the NRA so toxic that no one else takes money from them in the future, and ban the assault weapons that have caused so much carnage in schools, nightclubs, concerts, and movie theaters across the country.2
Let's follow their lead and make sure we're mobilizing our resources for this fight. With your help, we will:
- boost organizing for the student-led marches and walkouts in March and April by recruiting MoveOn's millions of members and using MoveOn's social media megaphone to help promote student-led events in Washington, D.C., and in communities across the country, and supporting as needed in other ways;
- help ensure that millions of people hear what these young people are asking of all of us by amplifying videos of their speeches and interviews to our millions of social media followers;
- keep campaigning to curb the power of the NRA all the way through this year's election by shining a spotlight on the politicians who are doing the NRA's bidding in Washington, D.C., and in states across the country, just as we helped do in the Virginia elections last year; and
- look for ways to support youth leaders in future actions. The Parkland students have reminded all of us that young people will lead the way on this work. We will look for ways to support these and other student organizers as they plan and announce their next steps to fight for their lives against the gun lobby, and as students around the country identify specific needs.
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Ilya, Anne, Manny, and the rest of the team
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