Student Activist Spotlight: Charlie Mirsky ’23, former political director of March for Our Lives, discusses gun violence prevention and judicial advocacy

Student Activist Spotlight: Charlie Mirsky ’23, former political director of March for Our Lives, discusses gun violence prevention and judicial advocacy

Charlie Mirsky ’23 went from a Florida high school student to Washington lobbyist after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in his hometown. (Photo courtesy of Charlie Mirsky ’23) While most students spend their last two years of high school going to dances, sporting events and after-school clubs, Charlie Mirsky ‘23 spent his time meeting with members of Congress. Mirsky was a junior in high school when the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School occurred in his hometown of Parkland, Florida. “I knew one kid and one teacher at the school,” Mirsky said. That teacher was Scott Beigel, who had taught Mirsky in fifth grade. Beigel was killed in the shooting. Mirsky’s friend at Marjory Stoneman Douglas was Cameron Kasky. “Cameron has been a friend of mine since I was very, very young,” Mirsky said. “When I called him the day of the shooting to see if he was okay, he said we would talk later. When he called me back the next day, he told me to come to his house because he had big plans.” From there, Mirsky met with a small group of students intent to make change. The group talked to reporters, interacted with donors and set up a successful GoFundMe campaign. As their movement began to gain traction, politicians took notice. “We had tons of politicians reaching out to us for all sorts of things: to do press conferences with them to speak at their events, for them to […]

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