WALKOUT PLANNING GUIDE
We can rise up together and declare, with one ringing voice, that the age of national indifference towards the ever-growing death toll is over. We can change America forever, all before we reach 20 years of age.
State of Play on Gun Violence Prevention Policy
Tell your members of Congress that their thoughts and prayers are not enough. It is time for Congress to do something to stop this type of gun violence.
If Congress refuses to take up real, concrete legislation at the federal level to prevent gun violence, states must act. We must turn to the states to pass laws to prevent gun violence in our communities.
Some elected representatives will refuse to advocate for gun violence prevention measures, but don’t worry—you can elect new ones in November. Learn more about what you can do.
Planning Your School Walkout
Walkouts are a form of nonviolent protest in which participants walk out of an institution to voice their desire for change, challenging the status quo. The tactic has a long history in the United States that includes various movements led by youth of color. Learn more!
This section gives step-by-step suggestions on how to plan your walkout. It’s up to you and your fellow organizers what you do, so feel free to take, leave, or change any ideas provided here to fit your circumstances.
You can use this sample agenda as a starting point when thinking about what your walkout will look like. Add and remove agenda items that make sense for your particular circumstances, and make sure you design an agenda that matches your expectations of attendees!
Tips and suggestions for the day of the walkout to help things go as smoothly as possible.
Guidance on how to 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.
Guidance on how to plan your actions to ensure that no one is asked to take on a role that they are not comfortable with, and how to be mindful of the fact that not everyone walking out faces an equal level of risk.
One of the most important things to keep in mind while planning these events will be to actively reach out to groups in your community who have already been doing work around gun violence prevention.
When deciding to participate in a political protest like the #NationalSchoolWalkout, it is important to be fully aware of the potential consequences you might face and of your rights as a student.