The Teen Activists From Parkland, Florida Just Announced Their Next Big Move

"There’s a lot more love than hate out there."

After the devastating February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the subsequent wave of national attention and protests, the school's students-turned-activists are taking their work a step further and embarking on a 60-day, 20-state, 75-stop summer bus tour to register young people to vote. 

The "Road to Change" bus tour will kick off June 15, according to The Chicago Tribune. 

"This generation is the generation of students you will be reading about next in the textbooks. These are students who are changing the game," teen survivor and activist Cameron Kasky told The Chicago Tribune. "It's not just my friends and I from Stoneman Douglas High School. We are part of something so much greater. Students from all over the country are beginning to get up, rally, move in the right direction and realize just how important it is to exercise our freedom."

David Hogg, Jaclyn Corin, Cameron Kasky, Emma Gonzalez, Alex Wind attend 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center. lev radin / Shutterstock.com
David Hogg, Jaclyn Corin, Cameron Kasky, Emma Gonzalez, Alex Wind attend 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center. lev radin / Shutterstock.com

The tour will launch in Chicago and will start with a peace march led by students from Chicago's St. Sabina Academy, who the Parkland, Florida teens met with in March. The tour intentionally plans to stop at places where gun rights advocates are based in an effort to foster conversation, reported USA Today. 

"We're going to places where the NRA has bought and paid for politicians who refuse to take simple steps to save our lives," the March for Our Lives leaders said in a statement. 

The students plan on traveling to states such as Texas, California, South Carolina, Iowa, and Connecticut, according to The Tribune. The tour will focus on the four million young people set to turn 18 this year. 

Kasky told The Chicago Tribune he hopes to show people the importance of voting. "Voting has so often become a chore for people; people have so often shrugged it off as something that's not important," he said.

A separate tour will stop throughout Florida's 27 congressional districts. 

David Hogg,18, who recently graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said helping to lead the tour has given him a new perspective.  

"There's a lot more love than hate out there," Hogg told Axios in an interview. 

Cover image via Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com

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