How do we understand the terrifying and tragic reality of mass shootings in the United States as organizers and activists committed to ending war and militarism by confronting its root causes? That’s the question we’re asking at War Resisters League as headlines are once again ensnared in the debate around gun control — this time with the lens focused on the incredible work and ferocity of young people who survived the Parkland massacre in February.
Parkland students join the voices of young people and students of color, disproportionately affected by gun violence, who are turning the spotlight not just on guns, but on the root causes of gun violence. As the country poured into the streets to demand change at March For Our Lives, in Washington, DC, 11-year-old Naomi Wadler of Virginia took to the stage to lift up the invisibilized deaths of Black girls and women: “I am here to acknowledge and represent the African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news. I represent the African American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential.” For communities of color the terror of gun violence isn’t contained to mass shootings, it also comes in the form of beat cops, SWAT teams and the processes of erasure Naomi spoke about.
Print these posters made by Ed Hedemann of WRL-NY: https://www.warresisters.org/march-our-lives-demilitarize