There seems to be a light of hope following the unfortunate tragedy of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14. The mass murder left 17 students and teachers dead and injured 14 others, and now the students have become a source of inspiration on their next steps in the aftermath.
The young survivors have planned two events—the National School Walkout on March 14 and the March for Our Lives on March 24—where they will use their voices to put a spotlight on this country's dangerous and racially biased gun laws. It has been long overdue for a change, and these students will ensure it will finally happen. “We’re marching because it’s not just schools. It’s movie theaters, it’s concerts, it’s nightclubs. This kind of stuff can’t just happen," Alex Wind, one of the shooting's survivors told NBC's Meet The Press. "You know, we are marching for our lives, we’re marching for the 17 lives we lost. And we’re marching for our children’s lives and our children’s children and their children.”
The two events serve as a call to action for Congress to act effectively on gun violence and reevaluate their laws. Celebrities, citizen of Parkland and fellow activists have all come together to support the students' causes, which will of course give their plight a well-deserved and larger platform. Justin Bieber, Hayley Williams, Lady Gaga, Zendaya and others all shared information about the march on Twitter. "Cameron good talking to you last night. All of your bravery is amazing. I stand with you guys," Bieber tweeted while referencing student Cameron Kasky. George and Amal Clooney have also donated $500,000 to the cause.
“Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School,” Clooney said in a statement. “Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating 500,000 dollars to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it.”
Cameron we heard your call... On March 24, we march. If the kids can do it so can the adults. This isn’t about citizens...80 percent of this nation wants gun control. This about congress honoring its citizens and its KIDS! March 24 we march!! #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/lgX94S2nhj— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) February 18, 2018
Parkland Survivors and others that are standing up through the media are so brave and are true role models. I’m speechless at their courage. And so proud that these kids and young adults are our future. #GunControl #ParklandStudents The question now is will our leaders listen.— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 19, 2018
On March 24, students are leading marches in DC & across the country to demand that lawmakers do their jobs and take action to prevent gun violence. Get involved: https://t.co/s57UYt3xRO#MarchForOurLives @Everytown— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) February 18, 2018
These Florida teenagers speaking truth to power are giving me all the hope right now.— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) February 18, 2018
Powerful. Empowered. A leader. https://t.co/x8ZcParAZn— Yara shahidi (@YaraShahidi) February 18, 2018
YESSSSS EMMA GONZALEZ!!!!!!! Thank you for your voice, and for your bravery and honesty while using it✊🏽 https://t.co/7y7Su02uSz— Zendaya (@Zendaya) February 17, 2018
Believe Young Women &— Cher (@cher) February 19, 2018
Men From Parkland Shooting Can Make Difference‼️
Changing Awareness Is IMPORTANT,But IF YOUNG PPL “VOTE”THEY WILL SCARE CONGRESS IN2 ACTING‼️”
LOSING THEIR”JOBS”IS WHAT CONG.FEARS MOST‼️”SHOOTINGS”CAN HAPPEN IN”ANY”SCHOOL.KIDS CAN BE CATALYSTS 4 CHANGE
Children acting like leaders, while our leader acts like a child. https://t.co/zAZKDjKjGL— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) February 18, 2018
Nikolas Cruz, the perpetrator behind the shooting, has been charged with killing 17 students and teachers with an AR-15 rifle. No 19-year-old should have the possession of that kind of a weapon, which has now led to this country's 18th incident where shots were fired inside or outside of a school or university building this year with three categorized as mass shootings. After the March of our Lives takes place next month, let's hope these government officials finally use their power to protect the U.S.
Below, watch Lady Gaga discuss being an "artist of liberation" in this classic Fuse interview: