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Students Speak Up: Gun Violence Solutions Summit
April 28, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Generations before us have accepted the status quo, despite the epidemic of gun violence plaguing this country for far too long. By educating and engaging the youth of the nation, now is the time for us to come together and be the change.
On April 28, join other student leaders from the Chicagoland area at North Central College to discuss how to advocate for safer schools and communities. Invited panelists include local and national elected officials, gun violence prevention groups, and medical and legal experts to help discover solutions that we can advocate for. Afterwards, student walkout leaders and advocates will help lead roundtable discussions for social and political activism. After all, when it comes to our lives, everyone deserves a seat at the table.
Gun Violence Advocacy Groups: Groups such as Everytown, Indivisible, and others such as those are being invited to talk about their work. Also to be noted are groups that represent marginalized voices, especially within the context of inner city violence.
Elected Officials: Current elected officials, from the school board to the city council to state reps to Congressmen and Congresswomen are invited to provide insight on how the legislation and discourse is being processed currently.
Partisan Organizations: Both the Democratic and Republican groups are being invited to talk about how gun rights and gun violence are addressed within their official stances.
Experts in fields such as first responders and former veterans will be able to provide insight into the actual effect of weapons on our society.
Student leaders from the March for our Lives, school walkouts, and issue advocacy will share their experiences, the pitfalls, and the advice they have for other advocates.
This event is free to all attendees, and this event page will be continuously updated with confirmed speakers and guests. Bolded organizations and individuals have confirmed attendance.
- Moms Demand Action
- League of Women Voters
- Sandy Hook Promise
- League of Women Voters
- DuPage Democratic Party
- Black Lives Matter
- Indivisible Naperville
- Unity Partnership
- Naperville Township Democratic Party
- Junior State of America
- Illinois Council against Handgun Violence
- Brady Campaign
- Rep. Hultgren
- Rep. Foster
- State Sen. Don Harmon
- Xavier Ramey
- Ja’mal Green
- Naperville Republicans
Please visit this link to view a tentative agenda, as well as other prospective information about the event: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSfc3pPpQh-nj4VDWNwHvDBcQnfhHh90IKN7daBMTnxgO7bmMnUPIk8M2uxN4KRcBO6JsxHxaNp5zP6/pub.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
No. Students of all ages, especially underclassmen, are encouraged to attend.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
North Central College is just two blocks south of the Naperville Metra station, which departs from Chicago Union Station on the BNSF line. NCC is also easily accessible by either interstate 355 or 80.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
For press inquiries, speaking opportunities, or general questions and concerns, please contact StudentsStandUpCHI@gmail.com.