15 Mar Standing with Students
Standing with Students for Action
Today we pause. As we have before during dark times on Future Entrepreneurs over the last 11 months, we cannot ignore the current state of the nation. Today I’ll use this space to help us process, heal and move forward towards peace.
(Report from Glamour Magazine, photo Getty Images)
In the days following the death of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida last month, intense outcries of protest have materialized across the country as student survivors and their families began calling for the immediate reform of federal gun control legislation and the ultimate end to mass shootings.
And yesterday, in a powerful demonstration, members of the global advocacy group Avaaz [https://avaaz.org] helped assemble 7,000 pairs of shoes on the southeast lawn of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.—a commemorative act memorializing those 7,000 students who’ve lost their lives in U.S. school shootings since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT in 2012. The anti-gun demonstration included shoes donated by protesters, as well as some gifted by the victims’ families, and collectively covered more than 10,000 square feet of the Capitol lawn, ABC reports.
According to Avaaz, the installment—which they’ve titled the “Monument for our Kids”—was meant to serve as a jarring wake-up call for Congress, with the high quantity of shoes intended to invoke the understanding that legislative action is what’s necessary to curtail these mass killings. “We are bringing Congress face-to-face with the heartbreak of gun violence,” Oscar Soria, a senior campaigner with Avaaz, told ABC News at the demonstration.
With the March for Our Lives protest [https://www.glamour.com/story/march-for-our-lives-gun-control-rally-everything-you-need-to-know] slated to take place in the nation’s capitol next week, this installation occurs at what proves to be an incredibly pivotal moment for the United States government. As Avaaz concluded in a press release today: “This monument is bringing the heartbreak of gun violence directly to Congress’ doorstep.”
According to the organization, all 7,000 pairs of shoes will be donated to charity.
I wish for significant progress so there is #NotOneMore.