On the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting in which 17 students were killed, YOUTH Empower is calling for students, teachers, and parents across the United States to stage a 17-minute school walkout (CNN). This action is designed to honor the Parkland victims and as a call to action on ending gun violence.
Starting at 10 a.m. on the U.S. East Coast and moving westward across the time zones, it’s expected that over 3,000 schools nationwide will participate. YOUTH Empower is a branch of Women’s March – an organization founded after President Donald J. Trump’s election, which was responsible for the Million Women March on January 21, 2017, to coincide with Trump’s inauguration.
The organization’s website states: “Our elected officials must do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to this violence. Students and allies are organizing a National School Walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship.”
Most national media outlets will be covering the walkout throughout the day. While there are concerns (Vox) that some school administrators might not respond favorably, it’s expected that most will allow the walkout to proceed.
In a separate show of solidarity, organisers have planned at least 837 anti gun violence events in the US and worldwide on March 24th.