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Take Action

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:

01

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!

02

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.

03

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:

  1. Find a safe space, like an after school club or a community center, where you can hold meetings.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
04

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

  1. Create a more politically engaged and educated community.
  2. Register people in your area to vote, raise money for community engagement events and lower the violence in your area.
  3. Create morally just leadership in all facets of society.

SIGN UP TO GET TIPS FOR SETTING UP YOUR CLUB

SEE HOW MUCH NRA-BOUGHT
POLITICIANS THINK STUDENT LIVES
ARE WORTH AND DONATE TO BUY TO
BUY THEM BACK

We’ve calculated the price of each student in states across the country, based on the millions of dollars politicians have accepted from the NRA. Scroll through the options and print out a price tag to wear and share. If your state doesn’t have a price tag, that’s good news. It means that your politicians aren’t taking large sums of NRA money. Instead, use the national average price tag to show your support for reforming our gun laws. And then make a donation to help us change gun laws and beat the NRA.

UNITED STATES
ALABAMA
ALASKA
ARIZONA
ARKANSAS
CALIFORNIA
COLORADO
GEORGIA
IDAHO
ILLINOIS
INDIANA
IOWA
KANSAS
KENTUCKY
LOUISIANA
MAINE
MICHIGAN
MINNESOTA
MISSISSIPPI
MISSOURI
MONTANA
NEBRASKA
NEVADA
NEW MEXICO
NEW YORK
NORTH CAROLINA
NORTH DAKOTA
OHIO
OKLAHOMA
OREGON
PENNSYLVANIA
SOUTH CAROLINA
SOUTH DAKOTA
TENNESSEE
TEXAS
UTAH
VIRGINIA
WASHINGTON
WEST VIRGINIA
WISCONSIN
WYOMING

“NRA Donations” are calculated as the total of both direct and indirect spending on candidates.

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

OUR AGENDA

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:

1

UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND
CHECKS & RESPONSIBLE GUN
SAFETY LEGISLATION

2

GUN SAFETY
IN THE HOME TO END
FAMILY FIRE

3

SUPPORT CANDIDATES
WHO VOTE FOR SENSIBLE
GUN POLICIES
93
AMERICANS WILL DIE
TODAY AT THE HANDS
OF A GUN
33000
PEOPLE DIE FROM GUN
VIOLENCE EVERY YEAR
IN THIS COUNTRY
315
PEOPLE ARE SHOT
EVERY DAY IN THE
UNITED STATES
44
OF ADOLESCENT
SUICIDES OCCUR
USING GUNS
82
OF ADOLESCENT
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:

 

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We support them, and we will support you.