Parkland

Parkland

Birth of A Movement

Book - 2019
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"The bestselling author of Columbine offers a deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting who pushed back against the NRA and Congressional leaders and launched the singular grassroots March for Our Lives movement. Emma Gonza?lez called BS. David Hogg called out Adult America. The uprising had begun. Cameron Kasky immediately recruited a colorful band of theatre kids and rising activists and brought them together in his living room to map out a movement. Four days after escaping Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, two dozen extraordinary kids announced the audacious March for Our Lives. A month later, it was the fourth largest protest in American history. Dave Cullen, who has been reporting on the epidemic of school shootings for two decades, takes us along on the students' nine-month odyssey, from the shooting to the midterm elections and beyond. With unrivaled access to their friends and families, meetings and homes, he pulls back the curtain to reveal intimate portraits of the quirky, playful organizers who have taken the nation by storm. Cullen brings us onto the bus for the Road to Change tour, showing us how these kids seized an opportunity. They hit the highway to organize the young activist groups mushrooming across America in their image. Rattled but undeterred, they pressed on in gun country even as adversaries armed with assault weapons tailed them across Texas and Utah trying to scare them off. The Parkland students are genuinely candid about their experiences. We see them cope with shattered friendships and PTSD, along with the normal day-to-day struggles of school, including AP exams and college acceptances. Yet, with the idealism of youth they refuse victimhood, and continue to devise clever new tactics to stir their generation to action. Their goal is to build a powerhouse network to match that of the NRA. Parkland is a staggering story of empowerment and hope, told through the wildly creative and wickedly funny voices of a group of remarkable kids. This spellbinding book is a testament to change and a perceptive examination of a pivotal moment in American culture. After two decades of adult hand-wringing, the MFOL kids are mapping a way out. They see a long road ahead, a generational struggle to save every kid of every color from the ravages of gun violence in America."--Dust jacket.
Following the February 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Cameron Kasky immediately recruited a colorful band of theatre kids and rising activists to map out a movement. A month later, their March for Our Lives was the fourth largest protest in American history. Cullen shows how these kids seized an opportunity, organizing the young activist groups mushrooming across America in their image. They forsee a generational struggle to save every kid of every color from the ravages of gun violence in America. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: 019
ISBN: 9780062882943
Branch Call Number: 371.782 Cull
Characteristics: 385 pages ; 24 cm

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AnneCarolineDrake
Apr 09, 2019

A treasured colleague's niece survived being shot at MSD in Parkland. She was an integral part of the March for Our Lives movement after she recovered sufficiently to join. I expected to read about her and other kids who were wounded. Nada.

Instead, the book focused almost exclusively on the four kids who captured headlines in the days after the shooting. Very little is said about David Hogg's sister Lauren who lost four friends. David wasn't anywhere near where the bullets were flying. Ditto for Jaclyn Corin, Cameron Kasky, and Emma Gonzalez.

It does share interesting bits of information about how the movement evolved and PTSD.

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