In the wake of the Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland, Florida last week, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have emerged as fierce advocates on gun safety, speaking out and organizing on the issue where adults have clearly failed.
Many now see high school students as a sleeping giant that has been awakened by this tragedy, and now billionaire progressive activist Tom Steyer just announced his plan to mobilize them nationally this November with a $1 million voter registration drive.
He released this video on Thursday:
I am tired of watching stories go unheard by politicians who continue to drag their feet on laws to protect Americans. I am pledging $1 million dollars for a nationwide initiative to register high schoolers to vote ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. pic.twitter.com/JrshyFanQn
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) February 23, 2018
“Over the last week, we’ve all had a chance to hear the powerful, thoughtful, important appeals from the Floridian high school students about the need for meaningful gun control.”
He announced he was teaming up with Gabby Giffords’s gun violence prevention group as well as Everytown for Gun Safety to sponsor the voter registration drive.
Steyer’s stated goal:
“that we don’t just hear their voices and their feelings and their hearts on CNN, but that next November, their votes get counted by every official in America and they understand we either get gun reform now or we get rid of them then.”
Twitter reacted with strong support at the news:
— Sheila Ferguson 3° (@SheilaDFerguson) February 23, 2018
Thank you for putting your money to good use. We love you and appreciate all that you are doing for America.
— Resist.Every.Day (@SDonnelly_77) February 23, 2018
Thank you @TomSteyer. Your contributions towards the return to sanity will never be forgotten. Thank you for your generosity.
— Ponder (@Washyourowndish) February 23, 2018
Some shared resources to help teenagers get registered:
— 3M-TripleM✍️ (@SwissTriple_M) February 23, 2018
High schools can start a voter registration club to reach out to eligible students and help them register. Make campus voter registration available in high schools. If the military can recruit in high schools, voter registration recuitment should also be a priority.
— HKing (@november1rose) February 23, 2018
And many wanted to pitch in:
I would happily drive them to their polling places on Election day if they have no way to get there.. We can start a vuber.. voter uber.
— ITMFA (@blahblah8976) February 23, 2018
I’ve been registering them. I carry registration forms in my car even. I believe that @realDonaldTrump will be the motivation for all those kids to resister.
— Kim Thompson (@KiminLa) February 23, 2018
Thank you Tom. I’m also in the process of an initiative to help in this matter as well. “These” children; “These” young men and women are articulate, educated and dedicated. They’re fantastic and driven ambassadors for the fight ahead for “They” are our nation’s future.
— Bogi (@Bogi573) February 23, 2018
This comes on the heels of news that Gabby Giffords’s gun violence prevention group, Giffords, raised $1.2 million to help advocate for stricter gun control measures.
Gabby Giffords' group has raised more than $1,200,000 in the week since the Parkland school shooting, The Daily Beast reports.
The money came from more than 43,000 donors, with the average donation being around $27. https://t.co/0HEHmmu2ty
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 22, 2018
It’s clear that a movement is rising.