The tragic massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February caused a seismic shift to emphasize the power of youth activism. Students across the country channeled their fears about school safety to passionately speak up about how gun violence impacts their lives. This is a pivotal moment to seize the youth-led momentum and create a platform in North Carolina that amplifies even more student voices, especially those from communities of color who are disproportionately impacted by gun violence. This nonpartisan discussion will create a respectful space for young people to share their thoughts with policymakers.
Join the Institute of Politics on Sunday, April 22 from 5:00-6:30 PM in the UNC Stone Center Auditorium for a Reverse Town Hall on Gun Violence. The Reverse Town Hall on Gun Violence is a forum to bring together policymakers with a panel of students from across North Carolina. The event will be like a classic town hall, except elected officials will ask a panel of students from NC high schools and colleges about their ideas to address gun violence.
We extend this invitation to all elected officials in North Carolina as well as any community members who wish to attend. Representative John Faircloth (R- District 61), Representative John Torbett (R- District 108), Representative Cynthia Ball (D- District 49), and Senator Jay Chaudhuri (D- District 16) will ask the panel questions, with other members of the North Carolina General Assembly in the audience. Student organizations that will be represented on the panel include: Ravenscroft School Youth and Government Chapter, UNC Black Student Movement, Tarheel Pistol and Rifle Club, Lake Norman Charter School, NC Teen Democrats, Triangle People Power, UNC College Republicans, Richlands High School and more.
The event will be moderated by Anita R. Brown-Graham, a UNC Professor of Public Law and Government. Anita leads ncIMPACT, a special initiative that seeks to expand the School’s capacity to work with public officials on policy issues.
This nonpartisan discussion will create a respectful space for young people to share their thoughts with policymakers. The goal is to have a wide variety of perspectives represented in order to find areas of common ground for the sake of North Carolina’s future.
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