Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018, to protest Congress’ inaction with regard to gun violence. We seek to advance the conversation.
The United States of America is the only industrialized nation in the world that routinely endures mass shootings. Deaths due to firearms are upwards of 30,000 a year. Boys are taught at a young age that women are inferior and that guns will make them tough. As children, boys are given guns, girls are given dolls. Meanwhile, American children are conditioned to believe that joining the military and killing people is an honorable thing to do.
We believe that any conversation about guns should include a conversation about masculinity and the broader trend of militarization across American society and culture. Join us!