Abril 22, 2018

Chicago gun violence takes small, but barely noticeable, dip

29 Marcha 2018, 09:42 | Gervasio Siguenza

Politics took a break as no less than four mayoral candidates joined the march on Saturday. Credits Steve Lenox

Politics took a break as no less than four mayoral candidates joined the march on Saturday.
Credits Steve Lenox

Some historians said that not since the civil rights movement of 1963, when high school students took part in public marches and protests in Birmingham, Alabama, has the nation witnessed a mass movement involving youngsters. But as a longtime antiviolence advocate, she also couldn't help but recall all the hours spent trying to get people to care about the gun violence affecting thousands of children in Philadelphia, all but begging them to put their efforts and money where their flashes of empathy were.

"We should be able to go to school to learn and not worry about school shooters", Long Beach High School junior class President Fiona Eramo told the crowd on Saturday.

I had the opportunity to cover the national school walk-out for work on March 14, one month after the Parkland school shooting, which left 17 dead and cover the March for Lives for social media. He urged U.S. officials to, "Show those that say our lives are not more important than a gun, that we are important".

The girls said they were inspired by fellow high schoolers Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, survivors of the Parkland shooting who have recently garnered national attention after speaking out against gun violence around the country.

The Chicago event began with a series of student speakers followed by poetry, music and dance performances.

Sen. Michael Bennet voiced his approval for the goals of organizations such as NAC as he marched alongside protesters. Some trailed off while others returned to Union Park, as scheduled by organizers.

He said much of the violence in Baltimore is related to "drugs, gangs and guns", but no such connections have been determined with the teenagers' shootings.

She said the experience made her even more determined to fight against gun violence because it gave her a deeper understanding of the impact on victims.

Of course, Americans have been talking about the need for gun reform for a very, very long time.

"My mom is running for Florida House of Representatives in Kissimmee and I had the privilege to travel to our state's capital with her to hear a number of the surviving students from Parkland outside the capitol building", Filipowski said. There were cheers, but they weren't like the wild screams you'd hear at an Ariana Grande concert. "I've been in a few different clubs", she said, "I've done organizational things".

"It's insane to me how easy it is to obtain a gun", said Aunika Tibbetts of Greenwood. "I got exhausted of all their garbage", he told the crowd.

Logsdon said that she is not sure what the next move is as far as her activism is concerned, but she knows that it will not stop at the end of the March. Since then, Latiker said 3,000 people have been impacted since its beginning. "The government does not trump movements".

Why? What finally pushed the nation's collective button to challenge the iron clad grip the gun lobby has held over members of Congress? Little children carried signs reading "Protect me-don't kill me", and parents held ones giving the United States elected leadership mid-term grades: "A+ from NRA = F from parents and children". Helene Duta, 34, was a student at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in 2008 when a shooter opened fire.

They shouldn't study in an environment where a routine fire drill or a loud door slamming "can inspire panic", she added.

"After a shooting, your sense of security is just blasted", Duta said.

If the momentum continues and eligible high school students vote in the midterm elections this fall, their voices could ultimately influence election outcomes. Duta said the aftermath of a tragedy is unlike anything else.

Reached by phone after the march, Louis-White said the day had had a huge impact one teens in their group."They responded really well when they saw youth that looked like them".

"We need to get creative with solutions and one solution is not enough". This seems like common-sense to most, because logically, if there isn't a gun present, how can a gun be used violently?

The internet activist and author Eli Pariser told me that he thinks these students have "shifted some norms regarding what's appropriate in the aftermath of that kind of violence".

The National March was led by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who survived the deadly February 14 shooting by Nikolas Cruz.

But they also gracefully stepped aside for marginalized communities whose stories of gun violence too often have been ignored, creating an environment that was inclusive, supportive, and which ultimately strengthens their movement.

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