The tragic event that transpired one month ago in Newtown, Connecticut was deeply saddening. For us, it also incited anger. We think that there is perhaps no better time to express our sadness and our disgust; indeed, we feel that we have a responsibility to the victims of the sixteen mass shootings that took place in the United States in the past year and the eighty-eight people who die every day from gun violence in our streets. We owe them our voice. Our government needs to hear that we have had enough and demand action, now.

For this reason, we have decided to organize a student-run rally at City Hall to advocate for gun control. The event will take place on Monday, February 4th, from 2:00 to 5:00PM. We are hoping for significant participation by students from many New York schools, and we welcome anyone – student or adult – who wants to join: large numbers will make this rally really mean something and get the media coverage it deserves, and we know you are just as angry about gun violence as we are.

Each time a shooting of this caliber occurs, anger swells for a few days and promptly disappears. We won’t let this happen again. With your support, we can make this rally matter. We strongly encourage everyone to participate: this is a cause worth all the time and effort we can give.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments by contacting us at [email protected]; we look forward to seeing you fired up and ready to go on the 4th!