This student has been fighting for gun reform since she was 12 — now she’s leading the Women’s March National School Walkout.
Victoria Pannel stated, “We are letting our local politicians know, we’re letting Congress know, that we’re not just going to sit to the side, and we’re not going to stand by and let them offer condolences without work behind it.”
Pannel is an organizer with Empower, the Youth Wing of the Women’s March. The group is leading more than 185,000 students and allies from more than 1,600 local schools across all 50 states, in a 17-minute walkout on March 14, 2018, to protest Congress' response to the deadly school shooting in Florida.
“We are asking everyone to stand up and stand in solidarity with each other. This is a time where our country should be united in fighting for gun reform. No schools should be able to be shot up, no community should be able to be shot up. We are looking to ban assault weapons. We want gun background checks for everyone purchasing any type of gun, but we also just want young people to be able to stand at the front of this, and we want young people to really share how gun violence is affecting them.” Pannel explained.