WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? We are living in an age where young people like us do not feel safe in our schools. This issue is personal for all of us, especially for those of us who are survivors of gun violence. We are walking out for ALL people who have experienced gun violence, including systemic forms of gun violence that disproportionately impact teens in Black and Brown communities. It is important that when we refer to gun violence, we do not overlook the impact of police brutality and militarized policing, or see police in schools as a solution. We also recognize the United States has exported gun violence through imperialist foreign policy to destabilize other nations. We raise our voices for action against all these forms of gun violence.
WHY MARCH 14? March 14 is the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
WHY 17 MINUTES? The 17 minutes are in honor of the 17 lives taken in the tragedy in Parkland, Florida.
TOOLKIT: The Women’s March Youth EMPOWER Toolkit is an initiative of Women’s March Youth through a coalition with Peace First, Rise To Run, Teen Vogue, The Justice League NYC, The Gathering For Justice, and Rock The Vote. Women’s March EMPOWER upholds the unity principles of the Women’s March platform. Our goal is to provide young people with the tools needed to create high school and college chapters that guide students in making a positive impact in their communities. We believe that the single most powerful act we can do is prepare young people with the skills and commitments to take actions around causes that matter to them with courage, compassion and collaboration. You can visit Peace First’s website to get more support and the chance to apply for a grant of up to $250. Click here to register your EMPOWER chapter and apply for a mini-grant.
THE AREAS COVERED IN THE TOOLKIT
HOW TO EMPOWER YOURSELF THROUGH EFFECTIVE ORGANIZING
HOW TO EMPOWER YOURSELF THROUGH VOTING
- LEARNING HOW TO EMPOWER YOURSELF BY RUNNING FOR OFFICE