Washington, D.C. — On Monday, May 7, young leaders from across the country will join Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) for a press conference to demand Congress take immediate action to curb the epidemic of gun violence in America. Following the press conference, these young leaders will storm the Capitol to meet with their elected representatives for a day of lobbying on the Hill. According to “America’s Youth Under Fire,” a report to be released tomorrow from the Center for American Progress and Generation Progress, gunfire has overtaken car accidents as one of the leading killers of young people in the United States.
From May 5-7, Generation Progress will bring together more than 100 gun violence survivors, activists, and students, in Baltimore, MD, for the fifth #Fight4AFuture summit and equip attendees with the skills, tools, and network, necessary to advocate for gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform in their local communities. The summit occurs at the same time as the National Rifle Association convenes in Dallas, TX, where they are expected to attack and undermine the work of young people organizing across the country for sensible gun violence measures.
Young people are the leaders of the gun violence prevention movement. As the Parkland students have demonstrated, it’s more important than ever to unite and solve a problem that disproportionally affects our youth. That’s why, as Generation Progress convenes in Baltimore, StudentsMarch.org—led by the students who organized March For Our Lives Dallas—will train young leaders to organize around social justice issues in their communities at the Student Organizing Summit (S.O.S) in Dallas, TX.
In 2014, Generation Progress and the Center for American Progress hosted the inaugural, first-of-its-kind national summit on gun violence prevention and America’s youth. That first summit resulted in the formation of the Generation Progress Gun Violence Prevention Network, now comprised of more than 4,500 young activists nationwide from rural suburbs to urban inner cities. Today, network members are among the leaders in the national movements for gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform. The summit seeks to transform the passion and energy around gun violence prevention and turn it into long-lasting and meaningful political and social change.
WHO: Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)
Giovanni Rocco, Press Associate, Generation Progress
Aalayah Eastmond, Parkland shooting survivor
Gun violence survivors and advocates
WHEN: Monday, May 7, 2018, 10:30 AM ET
WHERE: Senate Swamp