March 13, 2018

Our show on March 13, 12:00-1:00 PM, EST, will be the third in the series examining critical racial and social justice issues 50 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This show will focus on the issues of gun violence, gun control and voting rights for youth voters. We will discuss the intersection of the upcoming March 24th, March for Our Lives and the National Commission for Voter Justice Facebook Live program on the Youth Vote and Regional Hearing on voting rights in Georgia and South Carolina.

Our guests will include Gerald Griggs, Attorney, VP NAACP GA & Atlanta, Co-Founder, Georgia Alliance for Social Justice and a major organizer for the Atlanta March for Our Lives; Sharon J. Hill, Field Coordinator, Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda; Fallon McClure, Director for Georgia, Spread the Vote; and students planning to participate in the March for Our Lives. See guest pictures and bios at

After the tragic massacre on February 14th at affluent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, in which 17 students and staff were slain by a gunman using an AR-15 rifle, there has been a national reinvigorated uprising of high school students who have organized marches and advocated for gun control throughout the nation and an end to politicians taking money from the National Rifle Association, the NRA. The NRA has led a very hostile campaign against the students. Already in a legislative showdown in Florida, the students were able to eke out an initial victory for tougher gun control laws in that state. The NRA has filed a lawsuit to invalidate this new Florida legislation.

In addition, President Trump has been promoting programs to “harden” schools including arming teachers, more metal detectors and hiring more school resource officers. Black parents have pointed out that these proposals, especially arming teachers, will put the safety and lives of Black students at risk.

There are three mass students actions scheduled for the coming months: March 14, 17 Minute School WalkOut; March 24, DC and regional March for Our Lives; and April 20th, National School Walkout on Anniversary of Columbine School Shooting.

That the American public has been motivated by the Parkland students has also raised issues of racial equality as Black youth have been advocating against gun violence on a large scale following the death of Trayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman in 2012. Yet, the public has largely failed to embrace and support Black student and youth led movements.

Concurrently, the National Commission for Voter Justice is proceeding with its national hearings and voter assistance campaigns. As there will be a regional March for Our Lives in Atlanta, Georgia from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM on March 24, the NCVJ has decided to coordinate with this March by holding the hearing nearby the Georgia State Capitol at 4:00 PM EST at Central Presbyterian Church. The night before the March on March 23, 7:00–8:30 PM, the national commission will hold a Facebook live event for national broadcast on “Voting Rights Now and For Future Generations.” This broadcast will discuss the special opportunities for The 8 million,17-year-olds, who will turn age 18 by November 6th and for those who have already turned 18 years old, since the 2016 elections, to become registered voters and poll workers. Indeed those ages 18 through 35 years old will constitute the largest voting bloc in the nation. However, this group has historically not been offered opportunities to register and turn out at the polls in accordance with their numbers. The NCVJ program will discuss strategies for expanding and engaging the youth vote.

Questions to be examined include: Can this new student led movement for gun control be sustained? Will the power of the NRA over politicians be neutralized? How can this movement also incorporate a racial justice lens? Will Congress act?; Can AR-15s be banned? On March 24th, how can people get involved? What are the plans for the Atlanta March for Our Lives? What are the major goals of the March? How will voter registration be conducted during the March? How will the work of the NCVJ be supportive of these efforts? What are the goals for the Facebook Live and Student Speak Out on March 23rd?; What can be done to make sure those newly registered will vote?; Why are student and Millennial activists key to this outreach and voter contact? What issues will be covered during the March 24th Regional Hearing for Georgia and South Carolina?; What can our listeners do to support these events? The Youth Vote?

You don’t want to miss this show!

Be sure to listen live on Tuesday, March 13, 12:00 to 1:00 PM, EST, in the Greater DC Metro Region on WOL 1450 AM and worldwide on the Internet at You may call with questions or comments during the show at 800-450-7876. A podcast of the show will be available on Tuesday evening.

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