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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  • November 12, 2018
    Berkeley High School seniors Roni Weissman, Maren Frye and Taylor Kempf lead its Students Demand Action chapter. The three members said they were present to create a dialogue around gun violence prevention and support the community and activists “calling for a more equal Berkeley.”

    Frye said last week’s shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, was particularly mobilizing.

    “Violence really does happen everywhere. None of us are exempt. … It’s really important that everyone comes together to support the people that are disproportionately affected,” Frye said.
  • November 10, 2018
    “When I was in high school, I used to have dreams that someone would just come into my classroom and they would just shoot,” said Allie Ingalls, a freshman at Wayne State University.

    That fear Ingalls has is not just based on being afraid; it's a reality for people across the U.S., such as those at Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida when the February shooting killed 17 students and staff members or for some at Santa Fe High School in Texas when the shooting in May killed ten people.

    “When you hear on the news everyday of shootings, it’s kind of hard to picture it as not a problem,” said Ingalls.

    That’s what prompted Ingalls to start the group "Students Demand Action" where she along with other members rallied in front of the Capitol building today to make sure politicians hear their concerns following the midterm election.
  • November 9, 2018
    Jovanna Liuzzo, an Eastside High School student and local leader of Students Demand Action, reminded the crowd of the “audacity of hope — a belief in the things unseen,” as burnt candles became heaps of wax on a table.
  • November 9, 2018
    "We don't want citizens of the United States to be constantly mourning because of of their family members was victim to such a tragedy," said Jovanna Liuzzo, a student and gun crontrol activist.

    The vigil was held to honor those that lost their lives, but now, full of emotion, they want change.

    "Regardless of the weapon, lives were taken unnecessarily do to ineffective gun laws," Liuzzo said. The student plans to take her organization, Students Demand Action, to Tallahassee to lobby for stricter laws.
  • November 5, 2018
    A voter education table in the Elliott Student Union from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday sponsored by UCM Students Demand Action mobilized students to vote and stressed the importance of the midterm elections.

    “People tend to think that the midterm election is less important than the presidential election,” said Atsuki Mori, coordinator of the UCM Students Demand Action. “It is not true. Senators and congressmen are the ones who make the laws.”

    Mori also spoke of the need to make our community safer, by sponsoring more candidates who are in support of safer gun control laws.
  • November 5, 2018
    Less than a day after Binkley and Van Vessem's passing, FSU’s Students Demand Action (SDA) group wanted to give the community a place to mourn.

    “We knew that people needed a common space to share their grief that wasn’t on Facebook,” SDS President Alexandra Erickson said.

    Nearly 40 people gathered on the front steps of the Westcott building, candles in hand, to make sense of a senseless act.