HOBOKEN, N.J., March 13, 2018 — Students, staff and parents from The Hudson School community will walk to city hall tomorrow, March 14, to join Mayor Bhalla in advocating for legislation to promote school safety, put an end to gun violence and mass shootings. The march is part of the National School Walkout for Gun Violence Prevention being held simultaneously across the U.S. Hudson students opting to participate will march to show solidarity with those students who have been affected by gun violence and those who demand change.
Participation is voluntary for all students, staff and parents. Students created and sold pins and t-shirts to benefit Sandy Hook Promise, wrote letters to legislators and created signs. They will mail the letters on the march. The signs contain messages conveying their commitment to see legislation that keeps Americans safe from gun violence in schools, on the streets, in homes and in places of worship. Participants will assemble at 9:15 AM for a pre-walk meeting in which student leaders will share poems and statements of purpose. Then the group will march together to city hall with their arrival time scheduled to coincide with the National School Walkout.
The National School Walkout is organized by the Women’s March Youth EMPOWER honoring the anniversary of the most recent mass school shooting and its 17 victims, and to protest Congress’ inaction to pass legislation to prevent these tragedies. The Hudson School is entering its 40th year of engaged education and active citizenship in the heart of Hoboken. Hudson is an independent school for grades 5-12. Founded by Hoboken resident Suellen Newman, the school admits academically motivated students on a need-blind basis. The school’s motto is Courage, Compassion and Commitment. This march encompasses the ideals that Hudson stands by.