The future looks a little brighter even as dark clouds move across the pastures of the Eel River Valley today. This past Wednesday, March 14, according to the Women’s March website, there were 3,136 individual walkouts across the country and around the world in solidarity with Parkland, Florida’s students and community. The overarching message was “#ENOUGH!” (go to the Women’s March website here.) Although the actual number of participants is still be tabulated, an estimated one million students and their supporters held rallies and marches. The brighter future is the result of students organizing these Walkouts themselves and saying “Enough is Enough.”
In our own community of Ferndale, the local high school did not organize a walkout, but a dozen fifth and sixth graders did at Ferndale Elementary school. According to the Ferndale Enterprise, the students “gathered at the school’s flag pole and stood in silence for 17 minutes to honor the 17 victims of the Florida school shooting. View the Enterprise article here.
In our neighboring community, Fortuna High School senior, Brigette Faulk, organized a student walkout that was attended by members of both Indivisible Ferndale and Fortuna. About 150 students and adults listened while Brigette read the names of each Parkland shooting victim and then paused for a moment of silence.
Read about the Fortuna walkout and other student organized events this past week throughout the Humboldt Nation:
Here’s how you can support our students and make all of our lives safer.
March for Our Lives Humboldt
Students from Arcata High School and Northcoast Prep and Performing Arts Academy are planning a rally and march to end gun violence and support gun control legislation.
- Date: Saturday, March 24
- Time: noon to 3 pm
- Location: Arcata Playhouse
- Want to help with the cost of permits and audio equipment? Go here.
- Want to march in support of these students and gun control? Go here.
- If you are interested in carpooling to this event, meet at Firemen’s Park at 10:45 am on March 24th.
- RSVP for carpooling here.
Grab your phone and make some calls!
In last week’s Power Lunch call sheets, Elizabeth summarized federal legislation entitled “Automatic Gun Fire Prevention” (S. 1916 and H.R. 3999). These bills would ban bump stock devices. A bump stock is a device that converts a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic weapon capable of firing 400 to 800 rounds a minute!
In addition, Elizabeth recommends calling companies that have ended their relationship with the NRA. Call these companies and thank them.
Lastly, call some companies that have changed their policies on selling guns and thank them.
Together, We are Indivisible!