Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School partnered with Lee and Collier County high school students as part of the “Road to Change” tour Monday.
The purpose of the tour is to encourage students nationwide to register to vote. The “Road to Change” tour started rolling through Florida on Friday in Parkland.
It will stop in all 27 congressional districts across the state until August 1st and eight other states across the country.
Our team caught up with some of the students involved.
“This is not something about party, this is not something about ethnicity, we are all impacted by gun violence, of course some of us disproportionately,” Amit Dadon, a 2017 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High graduate, said.
He’s part of the “March For Our Lives” group. Their plan is to encourage young people to vote and to oppose Congressman and Senators who support the National Rifle Association.
“I think if you take a look around you can see how this is being funded,” Dadon said. “There are families across the nation who support us and they support their children and there’s a donate button on our website. It is all just family-based donation and people-based donations because we are for the people, the same way our elected officials are for the people, and that’s how we are being funded.”
Their website says they are a 501c4, so the organization doesn’t make a profit. The goal is to promote social welfare. In this case, gun violence.
“We are hoping to be the generation that ends this because everyone before us has failed to,” he said.
These were the events on the day:
Noon to 2:30 p.m. – A private roundtable with local students on gun violence
3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Press conference with Lee and Collier County students at the Naples Best Western
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Voter registration drive at Silver Spot Cinema Terrace
8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Town hall meeting at Florida Gulf Coast University
On Tuesday they will head to Punta Gorda.
Reporting by Allyssa Dickert and Tianna Jenkins