We, the youth of March For Our Lives: Massachusetts, demand that human lives be prioritized over access to guns. We reject systems of white supremacy along with economic and educational inequality that perpetuate the racial and socioeconomic injustices that lead to gun violence. We amplify and emphasize the voices of communities of color, who are disproportionately affected by gun violence and silenced in their calls for reform. And through this work, we seek to engage young people, particularly those closest to the issue, as agents of their own political futures by promoting sociopolitical awareness, education, and political engagement. The young people of Massachusetts won't sit quietly. We must create a society that is just and safe for all, and we will not wait on complacent politicians to do so.
Not one more. We do not allow ourselves to be killed by senseless gun violence. We can not allow one more person to experience the pain of losing a loved one. We can not allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. We can not allow the normalization of gun violence to continue. We must create a safe and compassionate nation for our youth to grow up in.
In the days after the tragedy in Parkland, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students strived to ensure that what happened at their school never happens again. As a nation, we continue to witness tragedy after tragedy, yet our politicians remain complacent. The Parkland students, along with young leaders from all over the world, refuse to accept this passivity and demand direct action to combat this epidemic.
Gun violence does not always look the same; this issue includes mass shootings, suicides, domestic abuse, violence on our streets, and more. It is vital to remember that our youth and communities are disproportionately affected by this violence, and we must focus more on preventing trauma than comparing it. Bullets do not discriminate and our response to violence can not.
No one should be exposed to such trauma, as all lives are just because of a bullet has not touched your life. Our country must make the safety of its citizens a number one priority, and we must hold those in power accountable for perpetuating the root causes of this violence.
Millions came together for the largest global protest in history to remind the world that young people have the power to drive real change. Every day since March 24th, 2018, we have been expanding our coalitions and working with new advocates. We will not stop our advocacy until we see the change we demand.