Walkouts, Sit-Ins, Protests: What Happens When Students Lead Movements

Walkouts, Sit-Ins, Protests: What Happens When Students Lead Movements

By Isoke Cullins

Mar 14, 2018

Please stop calling student activism a trend. What we're seeing as classes participate in National Walkout Day and stand up for what they believe in, is an example of one universal truth: When young voices rise and rally around a cause, change is imminent.

If we learn anything from history, it's that student activists have shaped social reform and political policy by staging sit-ins, organizing marches and declaring enough is enough—or we call BS. MAKER Diane Nash helped organize sit-ins as a college student during the Civil Rights Movement. Mexican-American students led the "Chicano Blowouts" to fight for school reform in East L.A. in the '60s. And today we're seeing the survivors of Parkland transform their pain into progress with the March for Our Lives movement and the nationwide walkouts.

"Today, 1 month after the day that changed our lives forever, we will join the school walkout. We will join the walkout for every one of those 17, and for every other victim of gun violence. We will join for those that are still here. We will join for you," Parkland survivor Delaney Tarr posted on Twitter. "You have such a STRONG voice. Keep using it. Keep marching. Keep walking out. Cause some good trouble."

It's time to watch, listen and support the next generation of troubleMAKERS. These are the leaders we've been waiting for.

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