In the wake of the shootings at Marjory Stone Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students are speaking out about gun violence. Some now call this a movement, a watershed moment. This Sunday, February 25, that movement comes to Fort Wayne.
IPFW student Brandon Blumenherst, a double major in political science and communication, is organizing “Students Demand Action.” He is hoping that over 150 people will join him on the Allen County Courthouse lawn from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, to raise awareness about the issue and pressure lawmakers into action. Everyone is welcome, but the rally is “specifically for students to get involved, because they’re the ones being affected” by school shootings, Blumenherst said in this Journal Gazette article. Speakers will include IPFW Arabic instructor and Honors Program director, Farah Combs, Blumenherst, students from Homestead and Carroll High Schools, political candidates, and others.
Blumenherst is organizing this rally as part of a national campaign of similar events occurring in numerous American cities, including Washington D.C., where gun-violence survivors are organizing a “March for Our Lives” for March 24. More information on this nationwide movement can be found in this News-Sentinel article.
For information on Sunday’s “Students Demand Action” rally, see the event’s Facebook page.