“Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.”
-March for Our Lives, the National Organization
March for Our Lives New Jersey is the sister march of a national movement led and inspired by young activists from Parkland, Florida, who survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14th.
Young people are dying at an alarming rate from misuse and abuse of firearms. Seven of the 96 people killed in the United States by gun violence are children and teens, according to the Brady Campaign. In 2016, the CDC reported that gun violence killed more 15 to 19 year olds than cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined.
Guns are also disproportionately used against young people of color, those of lower income brackets, and survivors of domestic violence.
But these tragedies are largely preventable. Studies show that with universal background checks and other common sense gun laws we can reduce the carnage.
We can stop the senseless violence. So whatʼs stopping us?
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
|Margaret Mead |
The statewide New Jersey March For Our Lives took place at Military Park in Newark, NJ on March 24th, 2018, with about 6,000 attendees. We joined over 800 sister marches across the world, including our parent march in Washington D.C. in demonstrating against government inaction and inadequate gun legislation in the face of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, as well as the epidemic of gun violence that has swept across America in the last few decades.
March for Our Lives NJ is a student-centered organization lead by young people from diverse backgrounds who are coming together from schools across northern, central, and southern New Jersey. They are being supported by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America New Jersey and its local chapters, Women for Progress and Elizabeth Meyer, founder and lead organizer of the Women’s March on NJ and lead organizer with NJ March for Science 2017.