#NeverAgain: The Youth of America Launch a Movement

By Jailynne Estevez '21

 Image from nyagv.org.

Image from nyagv.org.

This past Saturday, an estimated 200,000 individuals marched on Washington DC as part of the March for Our Lives protest.  Hundreds more marches took place in different cities and communities across the United States. With the hashtag #NeverAgain and signs with slogans like, “I’ve seen smarter cabinets at Ikea,” people went out with the purpose of making their voices heard, and protesters spoke out for gun control and regulations.

March for Our Lives was organized by the students and survivors of the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida. On March 14th, high school students across the nation walked out of their classrooms as part of a national protest against gun violence, sparked by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed fourteen students and three staff members.

This protest manifests the will to speak out of students against violence and injustice. This act of defiance reminds us of history with events like the Greensboro sit-ins on February 1st, 1960, when a group of not-older-than-nineteen individuals sat at a Woolworth counter in Greensboro North Carolina as an act of protest against segregation.

The #NeverAgain movement has been recently brought to the spotlight by the young adults across the United States calling for political action on gun control. Young students have spoken their frustrations to adults and political leaders who refuse to acknowledge the existing deficits in gun control laws and remain idle on the discussion of mental health issues related to gun violence.

With the midterm elections fast approaching on November 6th, 2018, students want their representatives to hear their voices, or otherwise face their vote-out.