A National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools is scheduled for April 20, 2018, the 19th anniversary of Columbine. Since April 20 falls during Maine's spring break and makes a school walkout impossible, MGSC is planning a WALK-IN Against Gun Violence.
We invite high school and college students from around Maine to come together at the University of Southern Maine Portland campus to teach each other about how to make Maine a safer place.
At 10AM, we will start with a walkout and rally featuring live music. Then we will roll-up our sleeves & students will learn from other students about the latest research and promising policies to prevent gun violence. Breakout sessions will focus on the history of the Second Amendment and how guns intersect with domestic violence, race and urban violence, mental illness, mass shootings, and teen and veteran suicide.
After a lunch generously provided by MGSC and our donors, students will learn how to turn policy and passion into legislative victories! Learn about how to find and volunteer for a strong gun safety candidate, how to organize events and get the media to cover it, and how to keep the pressure on your elected officials to close loopholes in our gun laws that put our schools and communities at risk. The event will conclude at 2PM.
MGSC is offering this event for FREE to all Maine high school and college students. We expect hundreds of students, so in addition to paying for security and supplies, we're going to need to feed a lot of hungry teenagers! Please consider making a donation to help us put on this exciting event at no-cost to students! To make a tax-deductible donation, send a check made out to "MGSC Foundation" to PO Box 92, Portland, ME 04112.