Three years after Parkland massacre, what has student activism changed?

Three years after Parkland massacre, what has student activism changed?

While some involved in the post-Parkland activism believe there’s been a lot of progress since 2018, they still concede there is a long road ahead to tear gun manufacturers away from politics. Manuel Oliver, father of Parkland shooting victim Joaquin Oliver, unveils a traveling mural of a Parkland postcard with images depicting the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The event at Pine Trails Park in Parkland, Fla. was part of a “Shamecards” campaign to push for anti-gun violence legislation, three years after the school shooting on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. TALLAHASSEE — Early last year, Manuel and Patricia Oliver were planning how to unveil their latest campaign to shame lawmakers over inaction to battle gun violence, one of their many actions inspired by the loss of their 17-year-old son Joaquin Oliver three years ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. But restrictions tied to the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to reschedule the event from last summer to early February and move the location outside, to the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Then, on Jan. 6, a violent insurrection by pro-Trump supporters inside the U.S Capitol turned the complex into a military base, with National Guard troops and fortified buildings. The Capitol riot forced the Olivers to change plans, and on Thursday they unveiled a mural, tied to a postcard-style letter writing campaign to pressure lawmakers, at Pine Trails Park in Parkland. The mural is modeled after Florida postcards, only the beach scenes […]

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