City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong Creates Planning Committee to develop Atlanta's support for the “March for Our Lives”
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February 22, 2018
City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong Creates Planning Committee to develop Atlanta's support for the “March for Our Lives” to End Gun Violence in Our Schools
ATLANTA – On Monday, February 19, the Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a resolution to establish a planning committee to provide recommendations on how the City of Atlanta can participate in the March for Our Lives movement to end gun violence in our schools.
A national March for Our Lives rally is scheduled for Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2018.
March for Our Lives is an event created, inspired, and led by students across the country who refuse to further risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings.
The resolution, sponsored by City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong, was unanimously approved.
“I introduced this resolution to provide a vehicle for the City of Atlanta to engage a group of community stakeholders to make recommendations for Atlanta's role as a participant in this national movement. The City of Atlanta has a rich and longstanding history of student activism including the Atlanta Student Movement that helped break down barriers of segregation in this city. This resolution shows that Atlanta and this city council fully supports the March for Our Lives movement.” Archibong said.
Each year, firearm-related injuries, including suicides, homicides and accidental shootings, kill some 36,000 people in the United States. Despite the death toll, laws regulating firearms are inconsistent from state to state, with little federal oversight and few federal regulations that apply to the whole country, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The gun control advocacy day was called for by five teenage survivors of the mass shooting in Parkland.
The mission and focus of March for Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address gun violence issues.
The March for Our Lives planning committee in Atlanta will consist of nine individuals, appointed as follows:
- One member shall be appointed by the mayor;
- One member shall be appointed by the council president;
- One member shall be appointed by the District 1, 2, 3, 4, and Post 1 At-Large councilmembers;
- One member shall be appointed by the District 5, 6, 7, 8, and Post 2 At-Large councilmembers;
- One member shall be appointed by the District 9, 10, 11, 12 and Post 3 At-Large councilmembers;
- One member shall be appointed by the chief of the Atlanta Police Department or her designee;
- One member shall be appointed by the board of directors of the Center for Civil and Human Rights;
- One member shall be appointed by the Atlanta Youth Commission Advisory Board; and
- One member shall be a full-time student attending a college or university located in the city of Atlanta.