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Monday, March 12, 2018

Students across Massachusetts WALKOUT FOR ACTION: MA

Students across Massachusetts WALKOUT FOR ACTION: MA
BOSTON, March 12, 2018-- On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, high school students in Massachusetts will be joining students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies across the nation to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am in response to the gun violence epidemic that is plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.  After the walkout,  Massachusetts students from across the region will take this action one step further: to the State House in Boston to advocate for school safety and stronger gun laws. They will march, raise their voices and meet with state legislators to call for change.

Students from over 20 different schools will join at the State House to speak out against gun violence and demand action from the legislators and representatives. They will advocate for House Bill 3610, a red-flag Extreme Risk Protection Order that allows for family and household members to petition courts to temporarily remove guns from individuals who pose risks to the public or themselves. Charlotte Lowell, a student organizer for the day of action, states, “We demand that our lives are prioritized over access to guns. We won’t stop until we feel safe in our streets and in our schools.”

Organizers are planning to gather in St. Paul’s Church at 11:00 am. They will march to the State House from St. Paul’s Church for a short rally before entering the State House at 12:15 pm. At 1:00 pm, students will gather in Gardner Auditorium at the Statehouse to advocate for change before meeting with state legislators.

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