Activism and political representation have defined the culture of America’s Millennials, and Generation Z is following in their footsteps.

High school students across the nation stood on the forefront of revolution on March 24 during the March for Our Lives gun control rally. The demonstration was organized by #NeverAgain, student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting on February 14. The Valentine’s Day attack in Parkland, Fla. resulted in the loss of 17 lives, and survivors decided to create awareness and gain support through an online campaign. In just 5 weeks, the movement led to what is said to be the largest single-day protest in Washington, D.C.

Powerful speeches and performances captivated over 800,000 protesters who united along Pennsylvania Ave. In addition to the protest in the nation’s capital, more than 800 sister marches occurred in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Miami, and more. The movement exemplified the passion, influence and resilience of future voters who strive to inspire concrete legislative outcomes along with showing their support for the victims and survivors of gun violence. The protest also helped eligible voters register and provided political updates, opinions, and information about the National Rifle Association both verbally and in print.

“Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear,” states their mission. “It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now.” America’s youth has presented their dedication to a cause and, contrary to traditional role setting, they plan on enforcing their beliefs to an older generation of decision makers through action.

 

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