On the one-month anniversary of the devastating shooting in Parkland, FL, students all over the U.S. staged school walkouts in honor of the lives lost and in support of gun violence prevention.
NFTY, The Reform Jewish Youth Movement, has seized the moment as people across the country are focused on gun violence prevention, to build on their longstanding commitment to this cause. We are proud that so many NFTY teens were front and center in their school demonstrations. A few NFTYites shared their experience with us via Facebook Live, and you can watch the videos below to see how teens across the country participated:
Adele Colson of NFTY Michigan spoke from Lansing, MI, about the school walkouts, this month’s March for Our Lives events, & NFTY’s ongoing gun violence prevention efforts.
Zoe Rosenberg, head songleader of NFTY Missouri Valley, went live from the walkout at her high school in Saint Louis, MO, as she led her peers in demanding change.
Leora Greene, social action vice president of NFTY Missouri Valley, proudly recapped her walkout experience in Louisville, CO.
Zoe Terner, NFTY social action vice president-elect, talked about standing up to her school’s administration to plan a walkout and give her speech.
Shira Lyss-Loren, social action vice president of NFTY Northwest, led a memorial service at her high school in Seattle, WA, in memory of the individuals killed in Parkland and thousands of other lives lost to gun violence.
Shira Hoffer of NFTY Northeast went live from the Boston State House, where she joined more than 400 teens to protest and talk to state legislators about why gun violence prevention is an important issue.
Blake Dickler, a NFTY alum & Boston University student, joined URJ VP of Youth Miriam Chilton in a live video from Berlin, Germany, where Blake is participating in the Roswell Klal Yisrael Fellowship seminar. Blake shared how he is mobilizing college students to fight for gun violence prevention and how students can stay involved after the school walkouts.
Julia Feller & Sam Sommers -Thaler of NFTY-NAR go live from their congregation, Shaaray Tefila in New York City, where they explain what they did at their school walkouts, and the program they’re now leading for their peers about taking action after the walkout, including how to advocate in their state legislature, combat misinformation about gun violence, and organize in their schools & communities.
National School Walkout Day may be over, but here are six ways to keep the momentum going:
- Share your walkout experience.
- Join the Reform Movement in the March for Our Lives. (NFTY is offering financial aid to Jewish young adults ages 13-24 to offset the cost of participating. Learn more and apply now.)
- Educate your community on gun violence prevention.
- Urge your elected officials to take action.
- Add our gun violence prevention frame to your Facebook photo.
- Donate to support gun violence prevention work.