Press release written for Public Relations Writing course in March 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STUDENTS MAINTAIN MOMENTUM OF THE #NEVERAGAIN MOVEMENT FOR ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE
Young people motivated to vote and continue discussions and protests concerning gun reform
PHILADELPHIA – May 3, 2018 – Temple University students are encouraged to organize and partake in initiatives to sustain the #NeverAgain movement to combat gun violence. Created by students frustrated with the normalcy of mass school shootings, the #NeverAgain movement focuses on the importance of keeping the issues related to gun reform in the public debate following successful marches, protests and school walkouts in March and April. Ideas for young people and Temple students interested in spreading the impact of the movement include organizing voter registration drives to target first-time voters, monitoring state and national gun control legislation and voting and motivating others to vote in the upcoming fall midterm elections.
The #NeverAgain Movement was founded in February 2018 after a tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL resulted in the deaths of 17 students and faculty. The concept of “Never Again” started as a plea from students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to their legislators to pass sensible gun control laws so school shootings no longer occur in the United States. Holding rallies and publicly condemning legislators who accept money from the National Rifle Association (NRA), these students spurred a national movement that inspired other young people with the same frustrations about a lack of gun reform to take action.
As the founding members of #NeverAgain finish the 2017-2018 school year, with many of them graduating and moving to attend college, students are still eager to maintain the momentum of the movement. The national school walkout on March 14 garnered the support of thousands of students and the March For Our Lives on March 24 had more than 200,000 attendees in Washington, D.C. with approximately 800 other demonstrations taking place across the world. Though the students plan to hold protests and other events, their greatest priority now is to inspire others to vote, especially college students. By voting out legislators that have been financially beholden to the NRA, the youth can take responsibility for electing public officials dedicated to gun reform.
“We can have all the walkouts we want, but if we don’t walk to that ballot box and make our voices heard, these politicians aren’t going to listen,” said founding #NeverAgain member and student activist David Hogg. “If we aren’t working to elect those who hold our best interests at heart, then our movement will be for naught.”
Temple University students, some of which plan and attended the April 20 Walkout to Protest Gun Violence in honor of the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, can host voter registration drives, lead discussions about gun control and gun violence and join political organizations. Students can visit the #NeverAgain Facebook page and Twitter (@NeverAgainMSD) for more information.