On March 14, 2019, Bay Area schools participated in the second annual high school walkout against gun violence. At 10:00 AM, thousands of students walked out of their classrooms to participate in the event, which lasted 17 minutes for the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018. Exactly one year prior, around 3,000 schools around the country walked out to honor the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and to demand gun violence reform from local and federal governments. While some action has happened and some reforms have been made, it is not enough. We walked out again to prove to our representatives that fear has no place in our schools. Click below to learn more.
March For Our Lives San José was founded by David Lei, Hiwad Haider, Joel Rodriguez, Daniel Voskoboynik, Izaiah Tilton, Hazel Stange, Novia Dattatri, and Julie Son in February of 2018. On March 24th, they put on the first March For Our Lives in Downtown San José, gathering tens of thousands of marchers supporting the cause against gun violence. Thanks to their inspiring work, the team was awarded a certificate of recognition from the California Legislature Assembly and a commendation from the city of San Jose. Now, a new group of student activists has taken over to continue the amplification of youth voices and further the action against gun violence. Click below to learn more about the 2019 leaders of March For Our Lives San José.
March For Our Lives San José is a student-led, grassroots organization demanding action against gun violence. In our second year, we are continuing to demand change so that no person in this country has to fear for their lives in public spaces. Click below to read our full mission statement.
Last year we marched. This year we celebrated. After the students from Parkland incited historic protests and marches in 2018 to combat gun violence, it became clear to the United States that youth voices have unrecognized power and unlimited potential. This year, March For Our Lives San José organized a rally to acknowledge and salute the youth of the Bay Area, in partnership with March For Our Lives and March For Our Lives California. We gathered at Arena Green and, with the help of speakers, singers, artists, and politicians, we empowered and inspired. Click below to learn more.