What you can do
Even if the Road to Change tour isn’t making a stop in your area this summer, you can still take action to get young people educated, motivated and ready to vote to help stop the epidemic of gun violence in the U.S. Here are four ways you can get involved:
VOTE. GET OTHER PEOPLE REGISTERED TO VOTE.
The first step to change is making sure everyone over 18 is able to make their voice heard at the ballot, and that means getting out there and registering voters. Our partners at Rock the Vote have a great toolkit that can guide you step-by-step on hosting your own event to register voters in your community. Check it out here. And if you’re not already registered, click on the blue button at the top of the page!
CALL FOR A TOWN HALL TO ADDRESS GUN VIOLENCE
First, you can attend a town hall of one of your elected officials and ask them what they’re doing to protect their constituents from gun violence. Organize a group to attend with you so you can all have a chance to make your voice heard and demand your lawmakers take action to curb gun violence. Find out when your members of Congress will be in your state on recess this summer and if they’re hosting a town hall. Organize your friends or local March for Our Lives chapter to attend and ask them what they’re doing to save lives.
If your elected officials are too afraid of their own constituents to host a town hall, organize one of your own. The Town Hall Project (in partnership with MFOL!) have great guides on how to hold your own town hall to discuss what your community can do to reduce the risk of gun violence both locally and nationwide.
CREATE A WORKING GROUP IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Our work won’t be done at the end of this tour, so we need communities across the country to form coalitions to take action at the local level. We created a guide on how to create your own action group here, but here are the basics:
- Find a safe space, like an after school club or a community center, where you can hold meetings.
- Invite a wide range of people—not just your classmates or your friends. Our voices are stronger when they’re informed by a wide range of perspectives.
- Collect the emails, social media handles or phone numbers of everyone in your action group so you can contact them about meetings, events and local actions to participate in.
- Focus club meetings on educating each other about issues around gun violence, registering people in your area to vote, and even raising money for community engagement events and reducing gun violence in your area.
FUNDRAISE FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMS
Organizations like ChicagoStrong, Life Camp, Ceasefire, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and Everytown for Gun Safety all work toward ending the epidemic of gun violence in our communities. You can donate to one of these organizations, or find an organization in your community to support.
Every dollar you can donate helps, but we can’t solve this problem alone. You can start a fundraiser on Facebook or a GoFundMe, explain to them why this issue matters to you, and ask your friends and followers on social media to donate.
Gun violence impacts every community across the country, but we can’t visit them all (yet). With your help, we can make sure local communities are fired up with the knowledge, tools, and ability to vote for elected officials to help us keep our communities safe.
BUILD A MOVEMENT.
START A LOCAL ACTIVISM CLUB
Sign up here to get tips from the March For Our Lives team on how to build your club and make it successful.
GET STARTED NOW:
- Find a safe space and/or teacher sponsor at your school. After school clubs tend to be successful because of access, but if your school is giving you trouble you can contact the ACLU (they legally need to give you the opportunity to peacefully gather and share ideas) or find a community spot where you can hold meetings.
- Reach out to people around the community. Diversify your voices and find a way to approach activism from an intersectional viewpoint. We have to stand up for funding for anti-violent programming just as intensely as we support voter registration. The only way we win is by educating each other on all fronts.
- Create a data collection form (21st century sign up sheet) so that you can push emails/events to the members to keep them informed so that people want to be engaged and can stay active.
WHAT SHOULD CLUB MEETINGS LOOK LIKE?
- Leaders should be chosen democratically but the club should be run through a set of committees. Committee ideas can be groups, such as outreach, event coordination, research and fundraising. Please set committees based on your independent needs; it’s very important for the club to match the structure of your own community.
- Meetings should rely on relationship building within the group and the community. Surround yourself with people you can trust and people who help with real education. Bring in local leadership, not just elected officials, but people who are put on a pedestal within society – Be able to question their practice and create practical solutions for societal issues – Leaders within the group will emerge thanks to this knowledge.
- Name the club something that can fit the activism of your community. Ex: Educating For Our Lives, (School Name) For Our Lives, Activism For Our Lives and so on. Be creative!
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE CLUB?
- Create a more politically engaged and educated community.
- Register people in your area to vote, raise money for community engagement events and lower the violence in your area.
- Create morally just leadership in all facets of society.
SIGN UP TO GET TIPS FOR SETTING UP YOUR CLUB
The Gun Safety Alliance is an “open source” movement led by a passionate group of
volunteers. We are not a political organization, we work with them all. We are not a
non-profit, we work with them all. We are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who—like you—
can no longer sit on the sidelines and hope for change.
GUN SAFETY ALLIANCE
What we’ve discovered is that there is a middle ground where the majority of Americans agree.
This is not a partisan issue, it’s a human crisis. We are fighting hard for:
CHECKS & RESPONSIBLE GUN
IN THE HOME TO END
WHO VOTE FOR SENSIBLE
AMERICANS WILL DIE
TODAY AT THE HANDS
OF A GUN
PEOPLE DIE FROM GUN
VIOLENCE EVERY YEAR
IN THIS COUNTRY
PEOPLE ARE SHOT
EVERY DAY IN THE
SUICIDES INVOLVE A
FAMILY MEMBER’S GUN
WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW
Each morning the founders of Gun Safety Alliance meet to discuss specific actions we can take to further our cause of finding a middle ground. Please check their site daily and use your voice (post, share, comment) to help us get the word out on key updates and actions:
- The students of Marjory Stoneman High School need your support. Take action here.
- Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School published this letter to business leaders in the New York Times.
- We’ve partnered with Ad Age to invite all creators to join the movement. Here’s the brief.
- Our friends at Lyft have just stepped up and are offering thousands of free rides to March For Our Lives events!
- Gucci has made a major contribution to help March For Our Lives. We are grateful!
- First National Bank of Omaha has reconsidered its policies because of your feedback.
- Enterprise Holdings, Hertz and Avis Budget have all joined the movement. They need your support.
- Delta Airlines CEO declares: “Our Values Are Not For Sale.” Show them you appreciate their position: Fly Delta.
- LL Bean and Kroger have announced they will no longer sell guns to anyone under 21 years old. Show them your appreciation by shopping there, posting your support and sharing.
- Show Walmart your appreciation for its support of gun safety measures by downloading their app for iPhone here, and for Android here. (Post this message to thank them)
- Post and support the decision by Dick’s Sporting Goods. (Post this message to thank them)
- The GSA is proud to support any and all who work hard to make the world a safer place. We stand with the organizations who are doing their part.