Reflections from 2020
When March For Our Lives was founded in 2018 after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, millions of young people across the nation and world spoke up. They walked out of their classrooms and marched in their communities to demand an end to America’s gun violence epidemic that claims 40,000+ lives each year.
The MFOL movement made history by catalyzing unprecedented support and energy for action on the issue. We did so in the footsteps of activists and organizers—namely Black, Indigenous and people of color on the frontlines of this crisis—who have long been denied the resources they need to live free from the threat of gun violence and its root causes.
As we reflect on 2020—a year when physical and emotional ills were felt deeply by our nation’s young people and the entrenched plagues of American racism and inequity were laid bare--we are proud to have persevered in our work to save lives as an organization and movement. And we’re grateful to our community of supporters and activists who stand with us as our mission, team, and programs continue to evolve to serve those most impacted.
We set out to make 2020 a year to continue our gun violence prevention advocacy through direct actions, and to drive record youth voter turnout in the November election. Despite upended plans to mobilize young people on the ground and daunting barriers to the ballot box, we did just that. Today, we have over 300 MFOL chapters across the country made up of young people who continue to fight for gun violence prevention measures at the local, state, and national levels. We are constantly redefining those measures and transforming the long-calcified debate over the freedom to live without the threat of daily gun violence vs. the right to unfettered access to deadly firearms.
In 2020 and beyond, we’ve committed to going further to address the deep-rooted conditions that drive the scourge of gun violence.
We’re dedicated to creating awareness and action around the many inequities that affect lives and drive gun tragedies--from reimagining community safety and ending America’s police and carceral state; to treating gun violence like the public health crisis that it is; to ensuring free and fair elections for disenfranchised people; to dismantling the corrupt gun lobby and ending the careers of politicians who place profits over people.
Our collective capacity to end gun violence in all its forms and rid America of its toxic gun culture is only limited by the narrow goal posts set by gun rights extremists, bigots, and those who profit off racism and senseless deaths. March For Our Lives seeks to advance solutions to gun violence that are widely accepted as common sense and to also build a new understanding of peace and justice for our generation. We deserve and demand it.
March For Our Lives has changed the once-stagnant debate on gun violence faster than anyone thought possible. We are building a grassroots movement of young people and supporters that hold elected officials accountable and put gun violence prevention at the top of their agenda. By bringing more young people into our movement, we will change the face of our democracy for generations – but we cannot do this alone. The change we have been able to create in our local communities and beyond is made possible by the steadfast support and generosity of the people standing alongside us in the fight to end gun violence. Support the MFOL movement by joining a chapter, following us on social media, or making a gift to support our work.Donate