In the Fuse Doc Killer in Our Classroom: Never Again, we see how student survivors of the devastating 2017 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting used their traumatic experiences as a catalyst for change. We follow them as they lay the groundwork for what would become a national national movement demanding and creating the change in gun laws that would prevent a tragedy from happening again.
These young leaders took on some of the most powerful politicians and organizations and are responsible for so much change, but there is still a long way to go. After all, a recent poll taken in light of the tragic shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, found that 59% of Americans consider “random acts of violence such as mass shootings” to be the biggest threat to them. It’s 2019. Something has to change.
There are a number of organizations that are actively making a big impact in classrooms around the world - and in local communities. Check some of them out below, get involved in the conversations, donate, and help continue to make meaningful change that will keep our classrooms safe.
Just weeks after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, the survivors led March For Our Lives, a national student protest that became one of the largest protests in American history. It was a demonstration that instantly became a huge movement.
March For Our Lives’ mission is to “harness the power of young people across the country to fight for sensible gun violence prevention policies that save lives.” They have hundreds of chapters around the country led by students who enact change on the local level. Whether organizing a walkout at a high school, lobbying for better safety measures on campus, writing statewide legislation, or showing up at school board and city council meetings, March For Our Lives is dedicated to creating a safer America.
On National Gun Violence Awareness Day (the first Friday in June), hundreds of thousands of Americans wear orange in support of gun violence prevention. On January of 2013, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed, just a week after she performed at events for President Barrack Obama’s second inauguration–Pendleton’s friends wore orange in her honor.
According to Wear Orange, “Whether it’s worn by students in Montana, activists in New York, or Hadiya’s loved ones in Chicago, the color orange honors the more than 100 lives cut short and the hundreds more wounded by gun violence everyday.” Support the movement by going orange.
Everytown is a widespread organization that includes voices of mothers, politicians, students, gun owners, and survivors to advocate for the end of gun violence focusing on key issues like background checks, domestic violence, gun trafficking, and more. Founded as a response to the NRA’s influence in Washington, it merged Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the largest grassroots organization in the country, and Mayors Against Illegal Guns—following the Stoneman Douglas shooting, the organization founded a branch for students called Students Demand Action For Gun Sense in America.