LOCAL TEENAGERS ORGANIZE DG RALLY TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE!
By Gwen, DG North High School Student, MFOL Organizer
Multiple March for Our Lives chapters organized a rally for change to prevent gun violence. The chapters included Downers Grove, Naperville, Aurora, and Geneva. Each of the chapters is organized by middle school and high school students. All of the chapters came together and organized the rally with speakers and selling merchandise. Some of the speakers included volunteers from Mom’s Demand Action, student activists, a Herrick Middle School teacher, a performance of Shine by the DGN choir, and Congressman Casten. Throughout the rally, the student organizers gathered volunteers to help out and run certain stations. The tables consisted of a check-in table, merchandise selling, chapter sign up, and information. Each table had people to talk with rally supporters and keep things organized. Overall, it was a very successful event and people hopefully became motivated to make a change.
The goal of each of the chapters is to work toward preventing gun violence and increase gun regulation. The chapters run fundraisers, sell shirts, and spread the word to others in order to raise awareness about this issue. The Downers Grove chapter is a part of the Downers Grove North High School Empowerment Club which expands its horizons to more than just gun control. They cover topics like LGBTQ+ issues, women’s rights, climate change, and more. The other chapters are solely March for Our Lives focused.
Overall, these chapters are not only fighting for basic rights but they also hope to recognize that the youth are becoming more influential and they can truly make a change.