A conversation with…
Ria Calcagno, Woodside High School; Sophie Penn, Carlmont HS; Stefan Sujansky, Woodside HS … Organizers of the 4,000 person strong March for Our Lives rally in Redwood City, CA, March 24, 2018.
On March 24, at 837 locations around the country, people from all walks of life took to the streets to demand action to stop gun violence, inspired by the call to action from the students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Almost all of these protests were organized by students and that includes the local rally held in Redwood City, where the student organizers’ efforts led to a crowd estimated at 3,000 people.
Youth-led movements have played essential roles in grassroots activist organizing throughout U.S. history, from the March of the Mill Children in 1903 to the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War opposition to climate change and now gun violence activism today.
For this month’s Other Voices forum, we were delighted to be joined by three of the main organizers of the Redwood City March for Our Lives rally. We talked with them about what inspired them to get involved, how they managed to pull off such a successful action in a short period of time, and, most importantly, how do they plan to maintain momentum, what comes next for the March for Our Lives movement?
Video clip courtesy ScotCenter News of Carlmont High School. Video clip produced by Victoria Valle Remond. http://scotscoop.com/
Produced by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, Palo Alto, CA https://www.peaceandjustice.org
Recorded 6/5/18 at the Midpen Media Center, Palo Alto, CA http://midpenmedia.org/
National March for Our Lives https://marchforourlives.com/