March 14th, 2018 - Walkout Against Gun Violence
On March 14th, our team worked alongside several schools in Albuquerque to hold walkouts at individual schools, with speeches and 17 minutes of silence for the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Large schools like La Cueva and Cibola High Schools were reported to have over 500 students participating in each action.
April 7th, 2018 - Fight For Our Lives Town Hall
On April 7th, a team of Fight For Our Lives students from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Roswell held a town hall and community forum, where they demanded answers from officials and candidates. Our students asked questions about school safety, implementation of youth voice, and why such a large portion of gun violence in our community comes from our police. Students also offered their own solutions to the problems we discussed and their own personal experiences with gun violence and other issues impacting youth. Official Panelists included Albuquerque Police Chief Michael Geier, State Senator Linda Lopez, Gubernatorial Candidate Jeff Apodaca, Congressional Candidate Deb Haaland, and many others.
April 20th, 2018 - Fight For Our Lives Meeting With Michelle Lujan Grisham
On the same day of our action at the capitol, leaders from the FFOL team sat down with Michelle Lujan Grisham - Current U.S Congresswoman, and Gubernatorial candidate in the 2018 elections. We discussed various options to combat gun violence in New Mexico, such as more youth employment opportunities, tighter regulations on the private sales of firearms, and more therapists and counselors in schools, rather than making our schools resemble prisons with guards and metal detectors.
March 24th, 2018 - March For Our Lives Albuquerque
On March 24th, the Fight For Our Lives team held a march and rally in solidarity with other major cities across the county. Though our team originally expected between 2,000-5,000 marchers, a reported 10,000 people came out that day to show their support. We wrote letters to the governor, registered voters, and had a performance from local hip-hop artist “Wake-Self”. Speakers ranged from the Mayor Of Albuquerque, Youth Poets, students, teachers, and many others.
April 20th, 2018 - National Walkout Against Gun Violence
On the 19th Anniversary of the massacre at Columbine Highschool, our team joined thousands of other students across the country in a massive school walkout. FFOL worked directly with students from Santa Fe to put on a rally at the state capital; over 400 students were reported to have attended. They held a panel with state leaders inside the building, registered voters, helped students write letters to their representatives, and held a rally with student speakers and poets.
May 19th, 2018 - Candlelight Vigil - Honoring Those Lost To Gun Violence
On Friday, May 18th, our country saw yet another tragic mass murder of our children in their classrooms. 10 from Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, TX, eight of them students, were shot and killed, and multiple others were injured. In honor of these students, and the growing number of teens shot and killed on the street of Albuquerque, Fight For Our Lives hosted a candlelight vigil to offer a space for our community to grieve, mourn, and begin to process of healing, as well as urge community involvement and support as we work to solve this American epidemic.