A few of the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting became media darlings in the hours after the February 14th massacre. It didn’t take long for them to call for nationwide walkouts and for the media to follow their every move as they screamed for gun control.
Soon after, a march on Washington was announced for March 24 called the “March for Our Lives.” While others have already occurred on a smaller scale, this is going to be the big one. And with that comes big name supporters behind the scenes. The regular suspects are all here, even though they’d like for us to believe this is the brainchild of the children.
BuzzFeed reported on who’s really pulling the strings behind the scenes:
Barely two weeks ago, the student survivors sat in a circle in the living room of one of their parents’ homes, planning a trip to Tallahassee to meet with lawmakers and handling nitty-gritty matters like which media outlets to talk to.
Since then, major players and organizations — including Everytown, Giffords, Move On, Planned Parenthood, and the Women’s March LA — told BuzzFeed News they are helping the students with logistics, strategy, and planning for next month’s March for Our Lives rally and beyond. Much of the specific resources the groups are providing to the Parkland students remains unclear — as is the full list of supporting organizations — but there are broad outlines.
…Everytown for Gun Safety — bankrolled mostly by Michael Bloomberg — recently secured a $1 million donation from entrepreneur and philanthropist Eli Broad.
MoveOn said it will encourage its millions of members to follow and promote the March for Our Lives movement on social media and attend the rally next month. The group said it had offered support in organizing logistics such as security and portable toilets, but it is unclear if the students have taken them up on their offer.
A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood said the group is “teaching and hosting trainings” for young activists across the US “to keep momentum going so they don’t get burned out.”
Planned Parenthood said it has been in contact with Giffords, which is spearheading the national coalition of groups working with March for Our Lives.
The Women’s March, whose leadership includes pro-Sharia, anti-Israel shill Linda Sarsour, are the ones who applied for the permit to march and according to Legal Insurrection, the attendance is expected to be around half-a-million marchers.
Also involved is the American Federation of Teachers, which has been providing buses for students to march at the Florida state capitol against guns. AFT President Randi Weingarten told BuzzFeed, “There are a lot of people who know how to put on a march in Washington and we are here to help support the teens with that experience in terms of logistics and strategy but it’s still early and they have some time to figure that out. We will be here for that ‘oh shit moment’ when they realize they need things like permits.”
So much for that “spontaneous youth uprising" thing. And let’s not forget the irony of Planned Parenthood’s involvement in a march FOR THE LIVE’S OF CHILDREN. That's rich!