Dear MoveOn member,
Only days after the massacre at their school, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School decided what they were going to do next: march for their lives.
As march organizer and Marjory Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg said, "We're trying to make sure that these politicians know that their actions can and will have consequences if they don't listen to their constituents and their future constituents—which are us—because right now they're not doing a good job of keeping us alive."1
In just a few weeks, their idea turned into a nationwide movement. And today, hundreds of thousands of people joined them in more than 800 March for Our Lives marches in all fifty states and around the world—as far away as Ghana, Vietnam, and Australia.2,3
The images from today's marches are astounding, and this movement represents the single largest show of support for gun law reform in history. But these students aren't stopping now; they know that if this historic outpouring doesn't change our laws, elections can.
These activists are gearing up to register millions of young voters and to make sure that young people march to the polls in November. Will you help MoveOn stand with them?
Yes, I'll pitch in $3 and help MoveOn invest in a major effort to register young voters across the country before the midterms, so that they will have a voice to fight the NRA and GOP politicians that are in the NRA's pocket.
As Jaclyn Corin, a student activist from Marjory Stoneman Douglas said, "We want everyone to know that their voice and their checkmark on a box matters. We don't want people to continue thinking that they're just one person, they're not going to make a difference in the election, [so they're] not going to go vote."4
If we can support a massive millennial registration effort, we will fundamentally change not only the conversation about gun legislation, but the entire electorate of the United States. We will take back the House, make gains in the Senate, and set the stage to throw Donald Trump out of the White House.
The bottom line? This is a crucial and heroic effort for America's political future. And if these young activists have shown us anything today and over the past month, it's that they can succeed—but they can only do it if allies from around the country pitch in.
Back in 2008, MoveOn members funded a massive young voter registration effort, which led to thousands of canvassers reaching out to young voters in 14 crucial battleground states, ultimately registering hundreds of thousands of new voters.
MoveOn already has the systems in place to do that again—and more. We're investing in new technology, like our groundbreaking texting program and video persuasion tools, training our massive volunteer base, and strengthening strategic partnerships with other grassroots organizations. Together with these young activists, we will register a wave of new voters who will challenge the NRA, its GOP enablers—and hold them accountable at the ballot box, and change the balance of power in America's electorate.
David Hogg said it best: "We're going to change history with or without [these politicians], and if they choose to be on the wrong side of history that's fine, because we're going to write the history books."5
Thanks for all you do.
–Michael, Schuyler, Kenia, Jackie, and the rest of the team
P.S. Marching today? Share your photos with MoveOn! On social media, use hashtag #MarchForOurLives and tag @moveon. You can also email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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