Category: POLITICS & ACTIVISM

[Multimedia] National school walkout marks the start of change

[Multimedia] National school walkout marks the start of change

March 14, 2018 marked the one-month anniversary of the tragedy that struck Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the families of the 17 victims. To honor the beloved Eagles, MSD participated in the National Walkout Day by walking to the football field for 17 minutes. On the field, nearly the entire student body participated by congregating in the Cumber Stadium, […]

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Senior Emma Gonzalez shows her Eagle pride as a student at MSD during fourth period on March 13. Photo by Delaney Tarr

MSD students are accused of being “crisis actors”

After the tragedy occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, many students took matters into their own hands to promote legislative action to improve safety in schools. Many students participated in the growing Never Again movement, which advocates for putting an end to mass shootings through increased gun control, led by several MSD students, including seniors Emma Gonzalez and David […]

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The Florida House of Representatives convenes in the Chamber in the Florida Capitol Building in Tallahassee as MSD students watch from the balcony. Photo by Kevin Trejos

Florida legislature passes gun safety proposal named in honor of MSD

In response to relentless activism and lobbying conducted by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Florida state legislature has drafted and passed a bill to put more gun and school safety laws into place. The bill, dubbed the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act,” was passed in the Senate 20-18 on March 5 in the House […]

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The gun department in a Dick's Sporting Goods store in Arlington, Va., on Thursday, March 1, 2018. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Corporations respond to Never Again movement

Since the conception of the #NeverAgain movement by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students after the atrocious shooting on Feb. 14, many have been fighting to boycott the National Rifle Association. The Never Again movement has been working toward common sense gun reforms in the United States to prevent school shootings like the one in Parkland. In response to the […]

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez comforts a classmate during a CNN town hall meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise, Fla. Photo courtesy of Michael Laughlin, Sun Sentinel, Tribune News Service

CNN hosts town hall for discussion on gun control

In the aftermath of the shooting on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, CNN held a town hall hosted by anchor Jake Tapper on Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. in order to give students and parents from the Parkland community a platform to discuss gun reform with Florida lawmakers. In “Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand […]

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Gov. Rick Scott releases a proposal after Parkland shooting

Gov. Rick Scott releases a proposal after Parkland shooting

On Feb. 23, ten days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a Major Action Plan to address the demands of the hundreds of MSD students who have been calling for the government to make real policy change in light of this tragedy. The plan contains three parts of legislation: gun safety, school […]

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Photo by Deandre Blake

[Photo Gallery] Local schools hold walkouts in support of MSD

In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, many schools in Broward County and other surrounding areas have taken it upon themselves to organize walkouts and other events to support both the #NeverAgain movement and the MSD student body. On Tuesday, Feb. 20, students from West Boca Community High School in Boca Raton walked the 12 […]

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State of emergency declared as Richard Spencer takes UF stage

State of emergency declared as Richard Spencer takes UF stage

The University of Florida created national headlines this week after it announced that white nationalist Richard Spencer would be speaking on its campus in the Phillips Center for Performing Arts on Thursday, Oct. 19. The UF President Kent Fuchs has discouraged people from attending this event, trying to minimize chaos. “Second, although I urge you to avoid the Spencer event, […]

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Egyptian crackdown on LGBT community sparks outrage

Egyptian crackdown on LGBT community sparks outrage

A massive blow was delivered to the LGBT community over the weekend when the Egyptian government arrested 22 people on the charges “debauchery” and “promoting sexual deviancy”: mere pretenses engaging in homosexual activity. The crackdown began after a Mashrou’ Leila concert whose lead singer, Hamed Sinno, an openly gay advocate for equal rights. At some point in the duration of […]

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Parkland City Commission passes tax decrease for residents

Parkland City Commission passes tax decrease for residents

The Parkland City Budget meeting convened on Friday, Sept. 23 at the Parkland City Hall to discuss all the items on the agenda that didn’t get discussed at the previous budget meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The meeting began with the typical honoring of the flag via the Pledge of Allegiance before the assembled commissioners began to discuss business. They first asked […]

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