Parkland Student Fights Back
David Hogg, one of the primary student survivor spokespersons from the Parkland shooting, isn’t sitting by idly while NRA supporters criticize him. Instead, he’s affecting real change by hitting these critics where it hurts the most — their pocketbooks.
Laura Ingraham, Fox News personality, tweeted “David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it.” Hogg quickly responded by asking Ingraham’s advertisers to drop their support. So far at least ELEVEN companies have pulled their ads from “The Ingraham Angle.” Way to go, David!
March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018
The hugely successful ‘March for Our Lives’ occurred in over 800 cities across America and in other countries around the world on March 24, 2018 to demand action on mass shootings as gun-control activists ramp up their efforts amid the political furor over the mass shooting that left 17 dead at a high school in Parkland, FL on 2/14/18.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school student Cameron Kasky, in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" program on 2/18/18 said, “My message for people in office is: You're either with us or against us. We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around. This isn't about the GOP, this isn't about the Democrats, this is about us creating a badge of shame for any politicians accepting money from the NRA and using us as collateral.”
We agree 100%. We encourage every person to use their web sites, their social media accounts, their blogs, their school newspapers, radio shows, billboards and any and every available outlet to post the names of legislators who will be voting against legislation to tighten gun control. Encourage voters to oust legislators who won’t support the complete elimination of assault rifle sales to civilians. Turn your anger into votes! Vote for your lives! Post their names; make them accountable to the voters who put them into office. Tell them to dust off their resumés. Make them understand that they are public servants who work for us, and not the other way around. 2006 was a wave election about the Iraq War. 2010 was a wave about Obamacare. 2018 is shaping up to be an election not just about guns, but a referendum on everything Trump — and Democrats are counting on the anti-Trump fervor that’s been turning people out to vote, and vote for Democrats, to turn into an even bigger wave.
4 Million Angry New ‘Generation Z’ Voters Every Year — All Highly Connected Via Social Media!
Don’t waste your time trying to influence Trump — he has already proven his worthlessness by his public reaction to the Parkland shooting where this pathetic narcissist once again used his Twitter “bully pulpit” to try to make everything appear to be about himself and the Russia investigation instead of the victims of the shooting. You’re also not going to convince the NRA or the owners of assault rifles. They don’t count anyway. Put your time and effort where they do count — ousting local, House and Senate legislators who don’t represent you or who were bought and paid for by the NRA (Here are the names of those Florida legislators — all of them Republicans). Become their worst enemy and their nightmare. The Boston Tea Party changed history with its political protest on December 16, 1773, and we can change history too using every form of social media to make legislators accountable to us. This grass roots plan is both free and has a much larger audience than any advertising either the NRA or the assault rifle owners can purchase or reach.
The following celebrities and brand names believe so strongly in the students’ ‘March for Our Lives’ that they have already made financial contributions to the cause:
- George and Amal Clooney — $500,000
- Oprah Winfrey — $500,000
- Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw — $500,000
- John Legend and Chrissy Teigen — $25,000
- Jimmy Fallon
- Reese Witherspoon
- Amy Schumer
- Harry Styles
- Justin Bieber
- Gucci — $500,000
Millions of students become new voters every year, so we have the numbers in our favor to change history. We have the power of the press and social media, and we have the power of the voting booth to get rid of these “loser” legislators who don’t represent us. Don’t underestimate that power. Keep the movement going!
On 2/21/18, Curtis Rhodes, a registered Republican superintendent of schools in Needville, TX threatened to discipline any student who takes part in any student demonstration related to gun violence during school hours, in spite of the FACT that Constitutional scholars have already described Rhodes’ threats as a blatant violation of free-speech rights guaranteed under the First Amendment of the Constitution. This is yet another Trump supporter using threats for his own self-serving purposes to attempt to deny citizens their rights — he’s following Trump’s example of using Hitler’s playbook. Heidi Lee Feldman, professor at Georgetown Law, said that Rhodes’ move was reminiscent of an Iowa school district’s attempt to prevent students from wearing black armbands in protest of the Vietnam War in the 1960s, which resulted in a landmark Supreme Court ruling, Tinker vs. Des Moines, which ruled overwhelmingly in favor of the students. See you in court, Curtis!
Other schools are also seeking to shut students up and curtail student protests as well. Steve Walts, superintendent of schools in Prince William County in Virginia, is also threatening students with disciplinary measures for missing school for protests over gun control.