Protect Our Schools

Join us on April 20 to say:

No more children murdered in our schools.

No more parents sending a child to school who never comes home.

No more teachers, coaches, principals, librarians, or any school staff standing between students and a gunman.

No more.

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About

Inspired by the courageous young people in Parkland, Florida and across the nation, students, parents, educators and community advocates will join together on April 20, 2018, for the National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools. Together we must take up the students’ call, “No more.”

We call on every community in America to join us—in a way that makes sense for them—to demand that our leaders take real action to end gun violence in our schools and to protect our students.

On April 20, 2018, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, we will stand together in our communities to demand that our elected leaders take meaningful action to stop the violence that is tearing apart our schools and our communities.

We know that this problem can be solved. America is one of the few nations where mass-shootings are commonplace. Mass murder in our schools is not a predetermined outcome that we must be prepared for —it is a consequence of decisions made by our elected leaders.

The problem extends beyond mass shootings. Gun violence affects the lives of our students far too often, inside and outside of schools. Gun violence affects too many youth, especially in communities of color, on a daily basis. It is far past time for our leaders to take real action when it comes to gun violence. Because they have not acted, we must.

Join us by organizing an action at your school, in your workplace, or in your community on April 20 to stand in solidarity across the country and demand action NOW.

Here's what you can do

Events

Join an action on April 20 and get involved in the effort to end gun violence in your schools and communities.

If there are no actions in your area, help to organize one and register it here. Impact the conversation in your community.

Please remember, all actions must be inclusive, respectful, and non-violent.

What are some ideas for actions to organize?

  • Organize a march in your community.
  • Write and deliver letters to legislators urging them to take action to keep schools safe.
  • Encourage schools to host an assembly discussing the issue of gun violence.
  • Organize a sit-in or a walk-in with community leaders visiting the school.
  • Observe a moment of silence and a reading of the names of victims of gun violence in schools.
  • Wear orange (color of the movement) to show solidarity.

Stand With Us to End Gun Violence in
Our Schools And Communities!

I pledge to join students, parents, educators, and other community leaders in making my voice heard by taking action to end gun violence in our schools and communities. Enough is enough! We can no longer stand by silently while gun violence continues to threaten the safety of our students, schools and communities. We demand that leaders take action to pass comprehensive laws to end gun violence NOW!

Spread the Word

Resources

Social Media and Press Toolkit

Promote your actions on social media and with the press. View sample social media posts, graphics, advisories, and press releases.

Access the toolkit

Keep Guns out of Elementary, Middle, and High Schools

Help make the case why guns in schools are a bad idea with this fact sheet from Everytown for Gun Safety.

Get the Facts

The Sandy Hook Promise

Led by family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, this nonprofit empowers parents, schools, and community organizations to deliver gun violence prevention programs and mobilize for the passage of sensible state and national policy.

Learn More

Discussion Guide

The Brady Campaign prepared background intended to support classroom discussions about gun violence prevention and to encourage students’ thinking and debate on the issue.

Download the guide

FAQs

What should I do on April 20?

On April 20, we are asking you to participate in a high-profile activity of your choosing that demonstrates your support for comprehensive legislative solutions and programs designed to reduce gun violence in schools. We hope that everyone will wear orange (the color of the movement) in solidarity.

Click here to organize an action in your community.

We ask that any activity be respectful and peaceful in honor of those we have lost. We are not battling our communities or school administration. We are working together as educators, students, families, and communities to send a clear message to policymakers and legislators.

Why April 20?

April 20 marks the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School when 12 students and one teacher were killed. Unfortunately, there have been far too many other school shootings since then: Virginia Tech. Chardon High. Umpqua Community College. Sandy Hook Elementary, and now Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. These are just some of the schools that have experienced shootings in recent years.

We must stand up on April 20 and say NO MORE!

There are other events that are happening, including a March for Our Lives on Washington on March 24. Why not have one day of action?

In the past, when gun tragedies happened, they attracted attention and mourning for a week or two before attention moved on to other issues. This is what legislators and others who don’t want to do anything to change guns laws want. We say, “no more moving on.”

It will take a sustained movement and the work of many groups on many days to overcome the resistance to change. We salute and support all efforts to combat gun violence, and we look forward to working with every group that shares our goals.

Where does the public stand on gun control?

Support for universal background checks: 97%

Support for a nationwide ban on assault weapons: 67%

Believe congress needs to do more to reduce gun violence: 75%

Support for a mandatory waiting period for all gun purchases: 83%

The public does not support more guns as a solution. Only 20% believe teachers bringing guns to school is the best solution with 74% supporting other solutions that include stricter gun laws and metal detectors.Only 33% think that more people carrying guns would make America safer.

Source: Quinnipiac, 2/20/2018

Where can I direct media inquiries?

Please email us at media@protectourschools.com.

How can I contact the coalition?

Please email us at contactus@protectourschools.com.

On April 20, we are asking you to participate in a high-profile activity of your choosing that demonstrates your support for comprehensive legislative solutions and programs designed to reduce gun violence in schools. We hope that everyone will wear orange (the color of the movement) in solidarity.

Click here to organize an action in your community.

We ask that any activity be respectful and peaceful in honor of those we have lost. We are not battling our communities or school administration. We are working together as educators, students, families, and communities to send a clear message to policymakers and legislators.

April 20 marks the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School when 12 students and one teacher were killed. Unfortunately, there have been far too many other school shootings since then: Virginia Tech. Chardon High. Umpqua Community College. Sandy Hook Elementary, and now Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. These are just some of the schools that have experienced shootings in recent years.

We must stand up on April 20 and say NO MORE!

In the past, when gun tragedies happened, they attracted attention and mourning for a week or two before attention moved on to other issues. This is what legislators and others who don’t want to do anything to change guns laws want. We say, “no more moving on.”

It will take a sustained movement and the work of many groups on many days to overcome the resistance to change. We salute and support all efforts to combat gun violence, and we look forward to working with every group that shares our goals.

Support for universal background checks: 97%

Support for a nationwide ban on assault weapons: 67%

Believe congress needs to do more to reduce gun violence: 75%

Support for a mandatory waiting period for all gun purchases: 83%

The public does not support more guns as a solution. Only 20% believe teachers bringing guns to school is the best solution with 74% supporting other solutions that include stricter gun laws and metal detectors.Only 33% think that more people carrying guns would make America safer.

Source: Quinnipiac, 2/20/2018

Please email us at media@protectourschools.com.

Please email us at contactus@protectourschools.com.

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