What comes next after the March for Our Lives?
The students are already planning another school walkout on April 20.
But before then, they are calling for every member of Congress to hold a town hall. The students-turned-activists set up a website, thetownhallproject.com, to organize the effort.
David Hogg, one of the Parkland teen organizers, took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon asking for suggested dates for activists to pressure their members of Congress to hold town halls. And the plan is moving forward:
“If your local legislator refuses to come for whatever reason, simply invite their opponent,” Hogg told us. “It’s as simple as that.”
That electoral activism is where it’s really going to make a difference, according to Lois Beckett, a reporter for The Guardian who covers gun policy. In 1999, the Million Mom March brought hundreds of thousands of people to Washington, but didn’t make a difference in the elections.
“What really matters is what happens in the 2018 midterms,” Beckett said. “If pro-gun lawmakers are voted out because of the actions of students then this march will have made a big difference.”