Usually after a mass shooting in the U.S., there’s a cry for change in the days after. Then, the outcry usually peters out, and the nation moves on. The cycle repeats as if it’s part of a script. Not this time. The students of Stoneman Douglas High School have kept the conversation going on an international scale. Pop culture and the news have followed suit. On March 23, the night before the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C., there will be a benefit concert to raise awareness and money for gun-violence prevention.
The benefit concert is called ‘Stay Amped’ and will raise money for Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence.
Gabrielle Giffords is a former congresswoman who was shot in 2011. She has been a forefront advocator for gun control ever since. Everytown has worked hand in hand with the March for Our Lives and is the largest gun-violence prevention organization in the U.S. The concert, along with Fall Out Boy, will feature G-Eazy, Bebe Rexha, Lizzo and other unannounced surprise guests.
“This is a time for action. We need to support the Parkland teens, and kids across the country,” Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz said. “We have their backs, and we must demand our lawmakers do more to end this gun violence crisis.”
this is the time for action. join us in the fight against gun violence for the Stay Amped benefit show at The Anthem in D.C. on 3/23, the night before @AMarch4OurLives. proceeds go to @Everytown + @GiffordsCourage – tickets go on sale Wednesday at 10am https://t.co/qzdO1Lqzrx pic.twitter.com/PjOa0UOLTT
— Fall Out Boy (@falloutboy) March 12, 2018
“Music brings people together, fuels our energy and offers us inspiration,” Giffords said in a statement.
“It’s for those reasons music played such an important role in my recovery. I’m thrilled that the night before students take to the streets to march in communities across the country, this concert will provide an opportunity for us to gather and show support for the activism of young people and to encourage them to stay loud as they demand a safer future.”
The March for Our Lives has now become a full weekend movement.
The march, which will take place on March 24, will have its flagship march in D.C. However, there will be more than 600 accompanying marches happening all over the country. The next and most pressing question is, what will happen after the march? These students have made it clear that they’re not backing down, and will continue to push the federal government for stricter gun control.
Tickets for the concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. EST on Wednesday at ticketfly.com.
Also published on Medium.