Students representing Alameda High School, Encinal Junior-Senior High School, Alameda Science and Technology Institute, Alameda Community Learning Center, Nea Community Learning Center, and Island High School have will form a coalition called Alameda Students for Gun Violence Prevention in response to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
The coalition planned an event Wednesday, March 14, that included walkouts and 17-minute memorials on each campus as part of a national movement calling for gun reform and improved safety measures in schools. The students then planned to march down Central Avenue to a rally at Lower Washington Park. For the next two and a half hours, students at the rally heard from student speakers and a representative from Assm. Rob Bonta’s office.
Tables for voter registration, letter-writing campaigns and education around gun laws were on hand. All of the rally’s activities were coordinated by Alameda’s youth.
“The students at these schools believe in the power of collective action and recognize that now is the time to change the horrific patterns of gun violence in our country,” the coalition’s mission statement reads. “We believe that enough is enough and we must come together in our diversity to affect real change in our nation.”
To find out more about this effort, visit https://sites.google.com/alameda.k12.ca.us/alamedasfgvp/home.