“MARCH FOR OUR LIVES”

March 24, 2018 at 4:30 am

Students and their supporters will come together at tomorrow’s “March For Our Lives” rallies in Washington, DC and across the country, demanding “that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.” One of the movement’s organizers is here.

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Aired on March 23, 2018. 

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>> TOMORROW A MARCH WILL TAKE
PLACE ON THE CAPITOL AND IN
CITIES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
STUDENTS ARE REACTING TO THE
TRAGEDY AND IN MEMORY OF THE 17
WHO WERE MURDERED IN PARKLAND,
FLORIDA.
THEIR GOAL, FIGHT BACK AND ENACT
COMMON SENSE GUN SAFETY LAWS.
JACK DOHERTY, A STUDENT FROM
HIGH SCHOOL NORTH IN NEW JERSEY
AND WILL BE MARCHING IN THE
PROTESTS LOCALLY AND IS HERE TO
TELL US ABOUT SOME OF THE
DETAILS.
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.
>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.
>> WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THESE
MARCHES?
>> THE MARCHES ARE TO SHOW THE
COUNTRY THAT STUDENTS ALL OVER
THE NATION ARE MARCHING AND
SPEAKING OUT, BUT THEY'RE NOT
SILENT ON THE ISSUE.
IT'S REALLY TO SHOW THAT
STUDENTS WANT AN END TO SCHOOL
SHOOTINGS IN AMERICA.
>> AS I MENTIONED IN THE
BEGINNING, STUDENTS WILL BE
MARCHING ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
AND YOU'RE PARTICIPATING IN A
MARCH THAT'S CENTERED IN NEWARK,
NEW JERSEY.
WHY NEWARK?
>> I THINK WHEN THE STUDENTS
ORGANIZERS WERE TALKING ABOUT
WHERE TO MARCH IN NEW JERSEY,
NEWARK IS A CITY THAT'S BEEN
PLAGUED BY GUN VIOLENCE,
PARTICULARLY FOR THEIR STUDENT.
THEY HAVE HAD GUN VIOLENCE.
EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT A MASS
SHOOTING, THEY'RE STILL LOSING A
LOT OF KIDS TO GUN VIOLENCE.
>> WHAT ARE YOU SEEING FROM THE
PEOPLE IN NEWARK ITSELF?
>> IT'S BEEN PHENOMENAL, THE
MAYOR, THE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS,
HAVE BEEN HELPING TO ORGANIZE
THE MARCH, WHICH IS COMPOSED OF
STUDENTS ACROSS THE STATE.
NEWARK IS A GREAT CITY FOR THIS
MARCH, WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE
POLICE DEPARTMENT, TO ALLOW THIS
ALL TO FUNCTION REALLY WELL.
>> WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS
FOR THIS MARCH IN TERMS OF HOW
MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SHOW UP
AND WHAT WILL COME FROM IT?
>> I ALWAYS SAY SHOWING UP IS
HALF THE BATTLE.
SO AS MANY PEOPLE CAN SHOW UP,
THE MORE PEOPLE THE BETTER.
AS LONG AS THERE'S A GOOD
SHOWING, THAT SHOWS HOW MANY
PEOPLE CARE.
IN NEW JERSEY, WE'RE LOOKED AT
AS A STATE THAT ALREADY HAS
TOUGH GUN LAWS.
SO WHY GO OUT AND MARCH?
SO THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR
STUDENTS TO SPEAK OUT FOR OTHER
STATES THAT DON'T HAVE LAWS LIKE
US.
>> YOU HAVE BECOME VERY ACTIVELY
INVOLVED IN THIS, YOU'VE BECOME
ONE OF THE LEADERS AND THE
ORGANIZERS CERTAINLY IN YOUR OWN
HIGH SCHOOL IN NEW JERSEY AND
INVOLVED NATIONALLY.
ARE YOU SURPRISED AT THE
REACTION THAT YOU HAVE SEEN, NOT
JUST THAT YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED
YOURSELF, BUT THAT YOU HAVE SEEN
ACROSS THE COUNTRY, FROM YOUNG
PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF?
>> I THINK TO SEE HOW QUICK IT
HAPPENED, HOW THIS MOVEMENT HAS
JUST EXPLODED.
AND I THINK YOU LOOK AT SOCIAL
MEDIA, I THINK IT'S NO SURPRISE
TO SEE HOW MANY STUDENTS JUST
LIKE THAT ARE GETTING INVOLVED
AND REALLY TAKING THIS TO HEART.
>> WE HAD THE WALKOUT, THE
NATIONAL WALKOUT BY STUDENTS
ACROSS THE COUNTRY, TELL ME HOW
IT PLAYED OUT IN YOUR SCHOOL?
>> ABOUT TWO WITDAYS BEFORE THE
WALKOUT, WE HAD A STUDENT POST
ON INSTAGRAM WITH A GUN AND
MAKING A THREATENING REMARK, SO
FOR SAFETY REASONS, WE THOUGHT
WE SHOULD STEP BACK AND NOT WALK
OUT.
BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE
CAN'T REPRESENT THE MOVEMENT.
TO INSTEAD OF WALKING OUT, WE
HAD ASSEMBLIES, WHERE STUDENTS
GOT TO REPRESENT THEIR OPINIONS
AND BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT HOW
THEY FEEL ON THE ISSUE.
>> DID YOU HAVE A LARGE
PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS
PARTICIPATING HERE?
>> YEAH I WOULD SAY ABOUT
THREE-QUARTERS OF THE SCHOOL
SHOWED UP IN MY SCHOOL, AT THE
ASSEMBLY.
>> WHEN WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE
TAKING A LOOK AT THIS MOVEMENT,
ESPECIALLY HISTORIANS WHO HAVE
LOOKED BACK ON SIMILAR
MOVEMENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT
HAVE BEEN DRIVEN BY YOUNG PEOPLE
AND THEY HAVE OFTEN SAID, THIS
IS SIGNIFICANT, IT'S IMPORTANT,
BUT THERE HAS TO BE SOME
FOLLOWTHROUGH, AND ONE OF THE
FOLLOWTHROUGHS YOU OFTEN HEAR
PEOPLE SAY, IS VOTING, YOUNG
PEOPLE NOT JUST REGISTERING TO
VOTE, BUT ACTUALLY SHOWING UP
AND CASTING A BALLOT.
ARE YOU HAVING CONVERSATIONS --
YOU'RE JUST A JUNIOR IN HIGH
SCHOOL, SO YOU'RE A COUPLE YEARS
AWAY.
ARE YOU HAVING THESE
CONVERSATIONS SO THE YOUNG
PEOPLE WHO ARE PARTICIPATING
WILL UNDERSTAND, IT'S WONDERFUL
TO BE DOING THIS, AND IT'S
SIGNIFICANT AND IT'S COMPELLING
AND IT'S IMPORTANT, BUT THERE
HAS TO BE FOLLOWTHROUGH
AFTERWARDS?
>> DEFINITELY.
THE BIG THING WE HAVE BEEN
TRYING TO PUT AN EMPHASIS ON,
ALTHOUGH WALKOUTS AND PROTESTS
AND SIT INS ARE A POWERFUL
COMPONENT OF DEMOCRACY, THE MOST
POWERFUL TOOL IS TO VOTE, TRY TO
HAVE STUDENTS REGISTER AND LEARN
WHERE THEIR VOTING LOCATIONS
ARE.
AND BY CARRYING THROUGH, YES, WE
CAN MARCH IN THE STREETS, BUT IF
WE DON'T GO TO THE BALLOT BOX
AND MAKE A CHANGE, NOTHING WILL
HAPPEN.
>> YOU KNOW THERE ARE STUDENTS
ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO SAY, I
WANT TO BE A PART OF THIS.
STUDENTS IN NEWARK, ARE ASKING
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THIS?
>> I THINK OUR BIGGEST ASSET
RIGHT NOW IS INSTAGRAM, TWITTER,
FACEBOOK, ONLINE WEBSITES AND
SEARCH IN MARCH FOR OUR LIVES
AND IT WILL THESE DESIGNATE WHER
NEAREST MARCH IS, NOT JUST IN
BIG CITIES, BUT YOU CAN CONTACT
YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND BE PART
OF OUR MOVEMENT.
>> YOU HAVE BEEN DOING SUCH
MARVELOUS WORK HERE IN DRIVING
THIS MOVEMENT AND MAKING SURE
YOU'RE VOICES ARE HEARD.
WE'LL LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING TO
YOU SOME MORE AS THIS MOVEMENT
CONTINUES.
YOU BE WELL.
>> THANK YOU.

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