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Students Demand Action — In the Media

Students Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a national initiative, created by and for teens and young adults, to channel the energy and passion of high school and college-aged students into the fight against gun violence. Students Demand Action volunteers work within their schools and communities to educate their peers, register voters and demand common-sense solutions to this national crisis. Together with Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Students Demand Action volunteers are part of a network of nearly 5 million supporters across the nation committed to gun violence prevention.

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • February 19, 2019
    As mass shootings are becoming a standard feature on national news broadcasts, local activist groups have called for change. In late 2017, Bayonne High School experienced several shooting threats on social media, prompting student demonstrations. Hoboken Councilwoman-at-Large Emily Jabbour, who also founded the Hudson County chapter of Moms Demand Action, Pamela Johnson, leader of the Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement, Mothers in Pain, a support group for mothers who have lost children to street violence, Jersey City Rev. Herbert Daughtry, the Committee for Justice in the Workplace and Jai Patel founder of the Hudson County branch of Students Demand Action are among a coalition of powerful voices in Hudson County this year.
  • February 19, 2019
    The vigil was organized by the College of William and Mary’s Students Demand Action chapter, which is the student wing of Everytown for Gun Safety, which is a national advocacy group organized against gun violence.

    Candles were placed on the steps of the Wren Building’s courtyard, illuminating the pictures of the Parkland shooting victims. Signs such as “1,200 children have been killed by guns since February 14, 2018” and “In Honor of the Everyday Victims of Gun Violence: 96 people a day.” sat on the steps. Students held candles and listened to speakers from the College’s Students Demand Action chapter as well as from other members of the Williamsburg community.

    “Though it is often mass shootings or school shootings that capture our attention, the reality is that gun violence affects hundreds of Americans every day,” Students Demand Action Membership Lead Jojo Di Scipio ’22 said. “Gun violence is the second leading cause of death for American children, and the first leading cause of death for black children and teens. This is an unacceptable reality, and it is our responsibility to change it.”
  • February 19, 2019
    Nidhi Krishnan, Bloomington South High School senior and co-founder of the local Students Demand Action chapter, said she fears the bill may create more cases like the one involving Trayvon Martin, a black youth killed while walking down the street in Sanford, Florida.

    “Stand your ground laws in general are used to marginalize people of color,” Krishnan said.
  • February 15, 2019
    As the sun began to set over the Naples Pier, about a dozen people gathered under a Students Demand Action banner.

    Michaela O’Brien was a sophomore at Naples High School when the Stoneman Douglas shooting happened. She immersed herself in advocacy immediately after and co-founded the Students Demand Action Collier chapter.

    O'Brien said she wanted to have the vigil at the pier.

    "We decided to have it here because it is so serene," O'Brien said. "And, this day is not supposed to be political; we’re not here to spark debates. We are simply here to remember the 17 lives that were lost on Feb. 14, 2018.”

    O'Brien organized the vigil with the help of the SDA Collier co-founder, 16-year old Zac Vega.

    “The anniversary is kinda hard; it’s a little emotional," Vega said. "But, instead of moping, I want to come out here and be positive and push for change and bring people together, so that is why I am here.”
  • February 15, 2019
    Students Demand Action, a new student organization at Ohio State, held a vigil on Thursday at the Tom W. Davis clocktower to honor the one-year anniversary of the students who were killed in Parkland, Florida in 2018.

    Mitchell Pinsky, a first-year in public management, leadership and policy as well as founder of the Ohio State chapter of Students Demand Action, said the club’s main priorities are to advocate for increased gun control and spread awareness of the detrimental impact of gun violence.

    “I want people to remember the 17 lives that were senselessly cut short by a madman,” Pinsky said. “If Florida’s and the nation’s gun laws were stronger — those 17 people — they would be alive right here today.”
  • February 15, 2019
    RIDGEWOOD ─ Seventeen candles burned at Emmanuel Baptist Church on Valentine’s Day, one for every victim of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

    They were lit one by one by the young Bergen County members of March for Our Lives and Students Demand Action, two groups that did not exist before a gunman stormed into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School one year ago.

    “On this Valentine’s Day, let’s take a moment to remember those that lost their lives,” said Laurence Fine, a sophomore at Ridgewood High School and organizer with Students Demand Action Bergen County. “They were just like us: athletes, artists, musicians, hardworking young people with a bright future ahead of them.”

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