Chicago Student Walkout
Friday, April 20, 2018
10:00 AM Individual School Walkouts
11:30 AM Meet at City Hall
11:45 AM Speeches, poetry, and 10 minutes of reflection for gun violence victims
1:15 PM Protest in front of City Hall
Let's take a stand.
The students of the City of Chicago finds that the systems of racism and classism, that perpetuate poverty and violence in communities of color on the South and West sides of Chicago, are no longer tolerable.
The issue lies at a fundamental lack of wealth and opportunity into exploited communities and the need for a restructuring of wealth distribution in the City. We call to the citizens and students of Chicago to make a stand against racism, violence, and injustice. On April 20th, students will walkout to call attention to the violence that faces our Country and the city of Chicago, and demand change.
Your voice matters.
Sign this petition to override the veto on legislation mandating state licensing of gun dealers.
We aren't finished. Here's what we're going to change:
Create an Illinois gun registry program in order to allow law enforcement to track where each weapon in Illinois is coming from. It would require re-registry, record when guns change owners, and allow laws to be put into place that hold gun owners accountable for keeping their own guns secure and out of violent crime.
Increase Illinois corporate income tax from 7.00% to 7.05% and increase individual income tax from 4.95% to 5.00%. This extra revenue could be allocated towards funding education and neighborhood outreach programs in the South and West Sides of Chicago. The most effective tool for preventing urban gun violence is working with communities to solve the more deeply ingrained issues which cause gun violence. By helping these communities we are targeting the root issues rather than symptoms of systematic inequality.
Decrease the use of punitive action in schools, which often supports a school vs. student dichotomy, and an increase in interventional and reformational action from school administration allows students to bounce back from mistakes and struggles to be better given the tools they need to succeed.