March for Our Lives organizers discuss upcoming march at the state capitol
March 22, 2018
Juniors from Mountain View and Millennium high schools discuss how they became involved with organizing the March for Our Lives event and what to expect at the march on Saturday.
March for Our Lives is a national movement that was sparked by the survivors of the school shooting that took place in Parkland, Fla. over a month ago. Schools across the country have been staging walkouts and moments of silence as they try to get the attention of lawmakers for stricter gun control laws.
Participation for the movement grew quickly with help from social media. Beyoncé Brooks, a junior at Millennium High School, says a classmate DM’ed her over Twitter, asking if she wanted to join in meeting with legislators. She says it led her to meet amazing people who all wanted a common goal.
“When we want to have a call to action it’s through Twitter,” Jordan Harb, a junior at Mountain View High School, says. “I learned that young people are fed up. I learned that there are so many people who I didn’t know were interested in politics, and they have a fire. They want to talk to our legislators and really make a difference because we don’t feel safe in our schools anymore.”
Brooks has been interested in politics and gun safety laws since she saw the news about Sandy Hook on TV as a little girl. She says she always wanted to do something but never knew where to start. With the support of so many other young people, she says it’s boosted her interest to want to go out and do more.
“Of course I have some students in my class who don’t really agree with everything we’re saying,” Brooks says. “Then there are other students who are really pushing me forward. I’ve learned to just focus on that and focus on my friends and family who are supporting me. ”
Harb says he was disappointed by the reaction the students received when they went to the capitol. He says Republican lawmakers cancelled their meetings and walked out of the chamber because they weren’t taking the students seriously.
“Frankly, our voices should be heard because the policies they pass directly impact us, not them,” Harb says. “Whether or not they agree with the policy we’re advocating for, our voices need to be put on the table because what they pass at the capitol will affect us every day.”
Both juniors are unimpressed with Governor Doug Ducey’s school safety plans. They agree that it’s a start, but it’s only a band aide. Harb points out that there are clear loopholes in his current plan.
March for Our Lives can be found on Facebook and marchforourlivesaz.org. The next event takes place on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. at the state capitol building.