These Wisconsin students organized a 50-mile march to Paul Ryan’s hometown demanding action on gun violence.
Activist and Organizer of #50MilesMore, Alemitu Caldart, stated, “It’s tiring to see how many lives are taken every single day due to the inactions of our elected officials. They’re supposed to representing us. They’re supposed to be listening to what we are saying.”
The day after the March for Our Lives, more than 40 students started walking from Madison to Janesville. The students averaged 12 miles a day over the course of 4 days during their spring break and have even stopped at local high schools for workshops on privilege and race.
Their demands include a ban on military-style weapons and bump stocks, as well as increased background checks, waiting periods, and age restrictions.
“When you look at history, everything that’s ever been done to make a change was once said to be impossible. And it took people, young people really, to stand up and risk, and take risks, and to raise their voice. Change isn’t easy. If change was easy, it would have already have been made. We know that, it’s hard. But we’ve seen it time and time again — that is can happen.” Katie Eder, another organizer, stated.”
The students are now challenging all 50 states to start their own marches.