We are students from a variety of different cultural backgrounds and viewpoints across the political spectrum, but we can all agree on one thing: Students shouldn’t be scared to go to school. To us, safety in schools does not look like armed teachers, metal detectors, zero tolerance policies, or schools that closely resemble prisons. Safety to us looks like prevention, intervention, and support services that arm our teachers with therapists and counselors who are trained in de-escalation, behavior health, and crisis intervention.
Our event on March 24th in solidarity with other major cities across the United States has focused on bringing thousands of New Mexicans together from across the political spectrum as one unified voice to say one thing: Our kids deserve to be safe. Something needs to be done to address student safety in New Mexico schools and the students who walk those halls and sit through the active shooter drills need to be involved in creating the solution.
Our work does not end on March 24th, with a 60-day legislative session nearly a year away our campaign will continue to advocate for school safety, common sense gun laws and a learning environment that is supportive of all students. Funds not used for the event on March 24th will go towards supporting our ongoing efforts to put an end to gun violence in our state.
Donations of any size are appreciated and will significantly benefit the March for Our Lives movement in Albuquerque as we work together to organize for change across the nation.
Our Facebook event link is below. Share with anyone and everyone who you know that would be interested in uniting for change on this important issue.