Santa Rosa, CA – March 1, 2018 – Following the tragic events of
the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, high
school students across the country are taking action to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet
thoughts and prayers after school shootings. Students nationwide are taking
action to demand Congress pass sensible legislation that would help keep
students and their loved ones safe from gun violence at school, and beyond.
Since Sandy Hook there have been over 200 school shootings resulting in over
400 people shot. The demands of students include a ban on assault weapons and
high capacity magazines, expanding background checks to all gun sales, passing
a federal gun violence restraining order law, funding government research on
gun violence and promoting safe storage.
The Sonoma County Junior
Commission on Human Rights supports Sonoma County high schools and universities
planning to join the mass school
walkout on March 14th. The walkout will take place at 10:00am
and last for 17 minutes, or one minute for each victim of the Parkland
shooting. Students, teachers, school administrators and parents can walk outside of their school or walk out the
classroom into a hallway. The commissioners encourage schools to host an
assembly discussing the issue of gun violence before or after the walk-out. Students
can also take action by hosting sign-making get-togethers and writing letters
to Congress urging them to take action to keep schools safe. After 17
minutes the Commission urges students to return to class and their regular
schedules, with a reminder that all
actions must be inclusive & non-violent. For more information on the
National Walkout, visit https://www.actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/enough-national-school-walkout
The Junior Commission on Human Rights is a project of the Commission on
Human Rights, an appointed advisory board to the County Board of Supervisors.
The Junior Commission is intended to provide high school aged youth with the
opportunity to participate in advocacy, take an active role in County
government, provide education about human rights issues that impact their lives
and empower youth to make a positive impact on their communities.
For more information about the Junior Commission, visit the CHR website at:
http://www.sonomacountychr.org/ or follow us at https://www.facebook.com/JCHumanRights/