Tonight more than 300 men and women nationwide connected with the organizers of the Women’s March Youth via a teleconference to learn how to organize a local event for the National School Walkout on March 14.
Thousands of schools across the U.S. are scheduling a walkout just one month after the Florida school shooting to fight against gun violence and show support to the students who were affected.
The nationwide walkout will start to begin at 10 a.m. (local time) and will last for 17 minutes with each minute representing one of the 17 victims of the Florida shooting.
The hosts of the call were joined by many novice and senior activists to provide those who were listening with important information about how to coordinate their own walkout.
During the conference, one caller brought up the issue of the walkout being scheduled during his high school’s spring break. For those who can’t participate on March 14, the nationwide “March for Our Lives” will be held on March 24 and another national walkout is scheduled for April 25.
“The adults at women’s march are super proud of you (young activists),” said Youth Initiative Coordinator of the Women’s March on Washington Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs during the call. “Not only in this moment but also for the work you will be doing afterward in your schools.”
The organizers encouraged those who participate to wear orange as a sign of unity. During the walkout, those who are able to are encouraged to register to vote by texting “P2P” to RTVOTE (788-683).
During the call, the organizers gave advice to those listening on how to start a walkout at their own school:
Search the action maps that are located on the Women’s March website. The action map allows the person to locate the nearest walkout or rally. If there are no walkouts listed, the person is encouraged to start one.
Get support from parents. The organizers said that usually if the parents were okay with the event, then the administration would be okay with it too.
The organizers also encourage college students who might be on a different schedule than the high schoolers to try to hold a rally or vigil in a shared public space at 10 a.m.
Towards the end of the call, organizers announced that there will be a toolkit coming out in the next week that will provide more tips to those who want to plan an event at their school.
For those who missed tonight’s call, there will be two more scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET on March 1 and March 8. Registration to enter the calls can be found on the Women’s March Twitter and Instagram page.