Moco Students for Change has detailed plans for a sequel to last year's protest, which saw thousands of D.C.-area students leave classes for a march in the shadow of the Capitol.
WASHINGTON — Exactly a year after walking out of classes for gun control, a Montgomery County student-led group is planning another regionwide action in a continued call for stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last year’s Parkland, Florida, shooting.
“With this new action, MoCo Students for Change will use their proximity to the nation’s capital to let the members of Congress and the President know that students are not going away until meaningful gun violence laws are enacted,” the group said.
Much like the first, the second mass walkout seeks to draw thousands of public and private school students out of classes to downtown D.C. for a march and rally on March 14.
Last year, we participated in the biggest student led walkout this country as ever seen. While senate debates on whether to pass life saving legislation, we walk out again.
The idea, the group said, is for students to walk out of classes at 10 a.m. and meet at the White House — “where students will turn their backs to the White House to symbolize the way the White House has turned its back on us.”
The group created a Twitter thread with specific directions for each school on where and when to gather:
THREAD: walkout directions personalized for each school. If your school isn’t represented DM us to get involved! we still have some flyers to make but want to get as many schools involved as possible
Following 17 minutes of silence — one for each death in the Parkland shooting — the group plans to embark on a 2-mile march to the U.S. Capitol for a rally against gun violence featuring students and guest speakers.
“MoCo Students for Change is calling on all students in Montgomery County to join us in this fight for the safety of our fellow students and our fellow Americans,” the group said.
“The goal of this demonstration is to demand stricter gun laws and put pressure on our nation’s leaders to better protect American citizens, and more specifically, children.”
Last year’s rally was the D.C.-area installment of “National Walkout Day,” which featured student-led protests across the country. The D.C. program featured several Democratic members of Congress, including then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, of D.C.