After the Walkout

 

Pull together your team of organizers to debrief after the event and determine how you want to follow up with attendees. It’s important to capitalize on the energy that people are feeling right now, and to make sure that we don’t let it dissipate. Following up immediately to thank everyone for their attendance and to share next steps with them is great way to increase their likelihood of taking action with you in the future.

Now that you’ve shown support for your cause in your community, how will you maintain it? Use your next meeting after the march to come up with a plan for action. In the short term, it’s a great idea to mobilize calls to your Senators’ offices, asking them to vote against the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Chances are that there are real, concrete things that your state could do to prevent gun violence in the face of federal inaction. Learn what the gun laws in  your state are and team up with local gun reform advocacy groups to advocate for change in your community.

Over the long term, you can continue your work to register voters. Keep using indivisible.turbovote.org and keep track of how many people you’re registering. Use this momentum to get people excited to vote for an advocate of gun violence prevention in November. Now that you’ve seen that there are people in your town who believe in this cause, you have a base of people that you can ask to volunteer to register and talk to voters leading up to the election.

Additionally, you can keep supporting local groups that work with victims of gun violence or work on gun violence prevention. Fundraise for a local student organization fighting for the safety of their school, or volunteer for a progressive campaign. Wherever you choose to channel your support, always keep in mind the leaders of this movement. Families of those lost to shootings have long been on the frontlines of this fight, and today, it’s young people, especially students, who are leading. If we don’t fall into one of those groups, it’s our duty to follow their leadership.