Ending gun violence

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A new wave of activism led by students has enveloped the country as the result of the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Many AFT leaders have asked how they and their members can engage.
 
This issue of safety—in schools, universities, other workplaces and our communities—is personal for members in every division, and we have received tremendous interest in participating in the upcoming actions around the country.
 
While we have differences at the margins, we are united in fighting for safe schools and resources for mental health and other social and emotional services on an ongoing basis—not just after the fact. We are also united in seeking measures to reduce gun violence that even many NRA members support, like universal background checks, eliminating bump stocks and fighting the arming of teachers.
 
We hope your local will participate. It’s a powerful moment to engage our members and our communities on an issue they care about.
 
We are all in for the National Day of Action to Protect Our Schools on April 20. To get you started, here’s a 7-point plan of action to mobilize your members and community.
 
Here, you can find materials to support your efforts and your members, including: