Left-wing agitators and second-amendment haters are in the worst and most literal sense using traumatized kids as tools to garner political capital.
It was bad enough that the media exploited Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting survivors during an incredibly vulnerable time.
Now, two weeks after the school shooting that left 17 people dead, these same teenagers are being objectified by leftwing activist groups in a national push for gun control.
“March For Our Lives” (an overly dramatic name), a rally to be held in D.C. on March 24, is being organized by teenagers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and a few major players in the social justice fight.
— March For Our Lives (@AMarch4OurLives) February 18, 2018
According to a report by Buzzfeed, Planned Parenthood (does no one see the irony here?), Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Move On, and The Women’s March (organized by an anti-Israel, pro-BDS, anti-feminist) have joined forces with the teens, to assist them with the march.
The Women’s March, not the teens, is the entity that applied for the event permit. According to the application, they’re expecting 500,000 attendees.
Barely two weeks ago, the student survivors sat in a circle in the living room of one of their parents’ homes, planning a trip to Tallahassee to meet with lawmakers and handling nitty-gritty matters like which media outlets to talk to.
Since then, major players and organizations — including Everytown, Giffords, Move On, Planned Parenthood, and the Women’s March LA — told BuzzFeed News they are helping the students with logistics, strategy, and planning for next month’s March for Our Lives rally and beyond. Much of the specific resources the groups are providing to the Parkland students remains unclear — as is the full list of supporting organizations — but there are broad outlines.
…Everytown for Gun Safety — bankrolled mostly by Michael Bloomberg — recently secured a $1 million donation from entrepreneur and philanthropist Eli Broad.
MoveOn said it will encourage its millions of members to follow and promote the March for Our Lives movement on social media and attend the rally next month. The group said it had offered support in organizing logistics such as security and portable toilets, but it is unclear if the students have taken them up on their offer.
A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood said the group is “teaching and hosting trainings” for young activists across the US “to keep momentum going so they don’t get burned out.”
Planned Parenthood said it has been in contact with Giffords, which is spearheading the national coalition of groups working with March for Our Lives.
Arguably, these groups have hijacked the march, being as they plan to take center stage for the majority of the festivities.
Giffords, an organization started by former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that fights gun violence, is working with Everytown and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to plan the main march on Washington — as well as sister rallies across the country.
With the event scheduled to happen in less than a month, a spokesperson for Giffords told BuzzFeed News the organization “will be lending support in any way the students need, especially helping to operationalize these marches from logistics to programming.”
I’m sure it’s purely coincidence that all of this is happening just before the 2018 midterm elections. Surely these national organizations aren’t using kids as political props. Right?! RIGHT?!
SPOILER: They totally are.
Social justice outfits aren’t the only groups to join the party. The American Federation of Teachers is also involved, helping kids organize walk-outs and wait for it…”We are also marching towards midterms.”
The American Federation of Teachers, which helped bus students and parents to Tallahassee multiple times last week, are now assisting with the March for Our Lives rally. The federation’s president told BuzzFeed News that they are also helping support next month’s march as well as helping to shape the vision and mission for the group once the rally is over.
“There are a lot of people who know how to put on a march in Washington and we are here to help support the teens with that experience in terms of logistics and strategy but it’s still early and they have some time to figure that out,” AFT President Randi Weingarten told BuzzFeed News. “We will be here for that ‘oh shit moment’ when they realize they need things like permits.”
Weingarten said “this moment is different,” and there will be a lot of work to do after next month’s march.
AFT, as well as the growing contingent of organizations backing the student-led march, are working to cultivate and build upon the movement after the rally. Weingarten noted that the groups are also behind the “National School Walkout” taking place in April to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Columbine.
After that, she says the goal is to carry that momentum until November — with some of the students already using the hashtag #VoteThemOut.
“We are also marching towards midterms,” she said, adding that the activists intend for gun control and student safety to be a major platform and key issue for voters in the midterm elections.
“With their angst, anger, and authenticity, these students have pierced through the normal polarization of this debate,” Weingarten said. “This moment is different.”
Where are their parents? And why are these kids left unprotected and vulnerable to political predators?
Make no mistake, The March For Our Lives is not spontaneous, nor is it For The Children™ (Planned Parenthood’s involvement says at least that much). Left-wing agitators, social justice warriors, and anti-second amendment folks are in the worst and most literal sense using traumatized kids as tools to garner political capital.
Heartbreaking. Heartbreaking and disgusting.DONATE
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.