All over the country, students are taking action on gun control.
Youth in the United States are more than 14 times more likely to be killed with guns than those in other high-income countries: that is over 2,700 American children killed by a gun every year. Gun violence also disproportionately affects black youth, who are 4 times more likely than their white peers to be killed by guns. This problem affects all youth, who are now organizing to put a stop to this violence.
For decades, schools have been the object of excessive gun-related violence, while legislators have done little to restrict access to guns. On February 14, 2018, yet another deadly shooting resulted in 17 student and staff deaths at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Parkland shooting set off an wave of political action by high school students. This incredible mobilization of young people has resulted in student-led walkouts and marches around the United States, culminating in the March for our Lives on March 14, 2018.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, marches in Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and other communities brought forth a sense of unity among students, and a will to effect change through this movement. Bay Area Student Activists (BAStA) was created with the immediate goal of uniting student activists on gun control to coordinate this movement going forward on a regional level, with all the diverse population of young people represented.
To see a current list of participating schools, click here.
What We're up to:
Currently, students from all over the Bay Area are coming together to create long lasting structure for the future of BAStA, as well as expanding and informing schools on ways to get involved locally
Click here for more updates on how to get involved in your community!