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Download Book Ë Parkland Birth of a Movement È 385 pages ¸ Dave cullen õ ✷ [BOOKS] ✫ Parkland Birth of a Movement By Dave Cullen ❁ – Horticulturetrader.co.uk The New York Times bestselling author of Columbine offers a deeply moving account of the extraordinary teNormal day to day struggles of school including AP exams and college acceptances Yet with the idealism of youth they are mostly bubbling with fresh ideas As victims refusing victimhood they continue to devise clever new tactics to stir their generation to action while building a powerhouse network to match the NRA’s This spell binding 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 Parkland is a story of staggering empowerment and hope told through the wildly creative and wickedly funny voices of a group of remarkable kid Wow It’s hard to know what to say about this incredible piece of journalism David Cullen has such a talent for presenting the complete picture His stellar work Columbine was as much a criticism of the media machine as it was an examination of the massacre that started the reality with which Cullen suggests we have all become far too complacent With Parkland he gives the reader only the necessary comparisons to Columbine Though it begins with gunshots this story is different from Columbine and Cullen makes that clear in as many ways as there are differences The killer is not named The focus here is on the movementon the power strength and capacity for these children to organize and achieve results in way that is nothing short of amazing Their ability to plan and mobilize using social media and hiring consultants is awe inspiring The sheer numbers they drew both to the March for Our Lives and to the polls is unprecedented The book also examines the mental physical and emotional cost of such an epic endeavor coupled with the same from a terrifying PTSD inducing mass shooting This eye opening account covers a lot of ground It’s a devastating reality we face in the US Regardless of where you stand on gun control a highly controversial topic this important book highlights the need for change and the brave kids who are asking the important uestions and demanding that change Inspiring and hopeful 45 stars

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Wo decades takes us along on the students’ nine month odyssey to the midterms and beyond With unrivaled access to their friends and families meetings and homes he pulls back the curtain to reveal intimate portraits of the uirky playful organizers that 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 Expansive and hopeful Parkland sketches a moving portrait of the teenaged founders of the March for Our Lives movement Across twenty one fast paced chapters journalist Dave Cullen thoughtfully examines the student led protest against gun violence that erupted in the wake of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School The author profiles the media stars of MfOL—Emma Gonzalez Cameron Kasky David Hogg—as well as the group’s less visible members as he recounts the students’ major protests and considers their impact on the national debate surrounding gun control The book lacks anything approaching a thesis but it regularly returns to a set of eclectic themes The privileged students’ fraught efforts to connect with Black youth activists and amplify their voices; the unbearable emotional toll of the shooting; the group’s struggle to balance attending school with developing a comprehensive bipartisan gun control agenda The book’s long form journalism at its best and well worth checking out

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Parkland Birth of a MovementThe New York Times 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 movementEmma Gonzalez 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 historyDave Cullen who has been reporting on the epidemic of school shootings for t It became clear uickly that suburban kids feared violence inside their school—once in a lifetime but horrific—and the Chicago kids feared violence getting there At the bus stop on their porch walking out of church It could happen anywhere and it did Martin Luther King had preached six principles of nonviolenceThe Parkland kids were embarking on #4 “Suffering can educate and transform” After the seminal Columbine shootings in 1999 Dave Cullen undertook to research the event deeply to find out what the truth was of the shooters their motivations planning and outcomes and to dispel the many false notions that had made their way through the media like a Russian virus after the event In a way it was a whodunit and a whydunit His book Columbine was an in depth historical look examining what had happened after the fact This included following up with many of those who survived the attack for years afterDave Cullen image from GRColumbine and Parkland may have been similar events but they are very different books This time with his reputation as the go to reporter on stories having to do with mass shootings particularly mass school shootings Cullen had the credentials to ask the Parkland survivors for access as they worked through it all Four days after the shooting he called and spoke with the entire early MFOL March For Our Lives group on speakerphone The next day he was there Cullen proceeded to cover the emerging stories in person when possible and by phone on line and via diverse media when not continuing through 2018 What he has produced is a you are there account of the birth of a movement Archbishop Desmond Tutu described March for Our Lives as one of the most significant youth movements in living memory “The peaceful campaign to demand safe schools and communities and the eradication of gun violence is reminiscent of other great peace movements in history” he said “I am in awe of these children whose powerful message is amplified by their youthful energy and an unshakable belief that children can—no must—improve their own futures One could do worse if looking at how to begin a movement than to pore through Cullen’s reporting as the kids of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School pivot from the physical and emotional carnage of a brutal armed attack on their school to organizing a regional then national call for gun sanity Parkland tells two stories the personal actions of the teenagers involved and the broader view of the movement that they helped solidify Cullen offers not only a look at some of the central people who built this movement Emma Gonzalez Jackie Corin Alex Wind David Hogg Cameron Kasky Dylan Baierlein and others but shows how their sudden rise to fame impacted both their movement and them personallyThere are just so many hours in a day In very concrete ways committing large swaths of one’s time to political action meant that there was less time for other parts of what had been their lives Extracurriculars was the obvious first hit Theater music sports all suffered But academic ambitions were close behind Tough to keep up with multiple AP classes for example if you are stretched thin organizing a national political bus tour And tough to maintain perfect grades when you keep getting home on the red eye after an interview in LA or New York Friendships suffered or at the very least shifted If you were one of the cool kids but were now hanging out with the nerds odds are you would get ditched Of course the upside is that you replace as friends a bunch of people of low value with people who are actually worth something And you might imagine that this being an adolescent rich environment jealousy might rear its ugly head For example Emma Gonzalez was transformed from just one of the kids at school to a national icon as Emma and the other MFOL leaders were regularly having meetings with national figures and celebrities to discuss gun control Might just make the other kids think you have gotten too big for your britches Some of the organizers even dropped out of school to complete their studies on line And that does not even begin to touch on PTSD or death threats Hogg in fact was freuently not on the bus but traveling separately in a black SUV accompanied by bodyguards If he were a politician one of the staffers told me the intensity of interest in him would merit 24 hour Secret Service surveillance “We get people armed to the teeth showing up and saying ‘Where’s David Hogg?’ ” Deitsch told me An outfit called the Utah Gun Exchange had been following the kids on tour all summer — on what it called a pro–Second Amendment “freedom tour” — sometimes in an ard vehicle that looks like a tank with a machine gun turretThe NRA seems to take Hogg’s existence as an affront having tweeted out his name and whereabouts and inciting its approximately 5 million members by perpetuating the falsehood that the Parkland kids want to roll back the Second Amendment Hogg’s mother Rebecca Boldrick says that in June she received a letter in the mail that read “Fuck with the NRA and you’ll be DOA” from Lisa Miller’s New York Magazine article David Hogg After Parkland What does it take to build a movement? Why did this movement catch on and grow? Was it a propitious confluence of events right time right place? If Parkland had happened a year or two years earlier would it have had the same impact? Would the MFOL movement have gained the traction it has garnered?The March for Our Lives rally in DC drew 800000 the largest rally crowd in DC history – image from USA TodayThe core group was blessed with a considerable concentration of talent One element was media savvy Just three days after the shooting Emma’s ”We call BS”speech was a call towellarms a call for those being victimized by our national gun fetish to stand up and demand that the adults in the nation start behaving like they are actually grown ups a call to legislators to act It resonated and went viral Cameron came up with the #NeverAgain hashtag although it had been notably used before as an appropriate motif for the movement He was also a natural performer who had been comfortable in stage settings in front of adults since he was seven David Hogg’s realtime video of the shooting from inside the school during the attack gained the shooting even national coverage than it might otherwise have gotten Jackie Corin was preternaturally adept at organizing the details of the movement coping with scheduling getting permissions learning who needed to be contacted all the office manager plus organization leader skills that are totally reuired but rarely available Less than a week after creating her Twitter account Emma would surpass a million followers—about double that of the NRA By the summer Cameron would amass 400000 followers David twice that and Emma at 16 million towered over them all Another element was the availability of supportive adults This began of course with the parents of the organizers but also some parents of the shooting victims And beyond the immediate there was input from interested adults from outside the area people able to offer not only money but media access George Clooney got in touch offering not only a sizeable contribution but a connection to a high end PR agency State and national political people got involved as well One particularly meaningful connection was made with the Peace Warriors in Chicago local activists whose work in trying to fend off violence dovetailed particularly well with the Parklanders The relatively wealthy suburban kids were worried about violence in their schools The Peace Warriors lived in a world in which getting to and from school unharmed was the challenge The joining of the school safety movement with an urban gun safety movement was seminal changing the focus of the Parklanders from school safety to gun safety Bet you did not hear much about that in the papers The Peace Warriors arrived at just the right moment They helped shape the MFOL policy agenda and the tenor of their approach They all kept talking by email phone and text The Parkland kids peppered the Peace Warriors with uestions about the six principles and then burrowed deeper on their own The they learned the they found it was like listening to themselves—a better wiser version of the selves they were fumbling toward How liberating to discover Martin Luther King Jr had already done all that work Brilliantly He had drawn from Gandhi and it was amazing how well the principles stood up across time space and cultures The stages involved in the group’s growth and how the movement shifted focus makes for fascinating reading Beginning with the initial rally growing to larger memorials then a rally at the state capital then the nation’s capital then a cross country bus tour in Summer 2018 from coverage in local news media to national even global news coverage Cullen gives us enough without overwhelming with too much detail on the challenges involved in the logistics of making rallies tours and marches happen and the upsides and downsides of ongoing national exposure Some of MFOLs core leaders even decided to keep away from any coverage that might focus on personal portrayals as media stardom was seen as distracting from the group’s messageEmma Gonzalez is distraught while giving her “We Call BS” speech in Fort Lauderdale days after the shooting – image from the NY TimesI do not really have any gripes about the book It was well written engaging informative and moving It also offers up the odd surprise here and there like the source of national disunity over using April 20th the date of the Columbine attack as the day for a national student walkout As for why this movement caught fire when it did the jury is out It may have to do with the national backlash against the excesses of the Trump led right disgust finally with expressions of “thoughts and prayers” absent any attempt to address the underlying problem But yeah it definitely helps that the victims were mostly white kids in a well to do suburb Of course this is hardly the first time mostly white suburban children have been so murdered But maybe it was a final straw In a way this strikes me as an echo of larger social trends As the middle class becomes and sueezed by flat wages declining benefits increasing taxes it is not our taxes that get cut and a threatened safety net the miseries that have long troubled working class people particularly urban people of color have been and visited on middle class white people See Automating Ineuality Just as the opioid epidemic was once a feeder of three strikes legislation and widespread carnage the current opioid crisis the one visited on and white people portrays addiction as less a failure of personal morality and a manifestation of biological addiction or at the very least predisposition When black people are getting shot in ghettoes it’s business as normal but when white kids are getting mowed down in their schools it is a national crisis It will be interesting to see how the MFOL movement sustains going forward While there is no certainty of success in the long or short terms there is cause for hope Even though changes in gun regulations MFOL wrested from Florida lawmakers were modest getting any change at all was a huge success Wins of any sort have been as rare as brave legislators and this definitely counted as a win The road ahead though remains long hard and fraught with impediments and peril And people keep dying early wasteful deaths In his Broadway show one night in Summer 2018 Bruce Springsteen reached back fifty years and drew a straight line to Martin Luther King Jr assuring us that “the arc of the moral universe is long but tends toward justice”—but adding a stern corollary” “That arc doesn’t bend on its own” Bending it takes a whole lot of us bending in with every ounce of strength we’ve got Review posted – February 22 2019Publication date – February 12 2019EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s personal Twitter Instagram and FB pages and on YoutubeItems of Interest Reporting 31419 NY Times Sandy Hook Massacre Remington and Other Gun Companies Lose Major Ruling Over Liability by Rick Rojas and Kristin Hussey 82018 New York Magazine – David Hogg After Parkland by Lisa Miller 21718 The NewYorker Calling BS in Parkland Florida by Emily Witt 21918 The NewYorker How the Survivors of Parkland Began the Never Again Movement by Emily Witt 3818 “We’re Not Your Pawns” Parkland’s Never Again Movement Meets the Lawmakers by Emily WittJoe Kennedy recalled other instances of youth activism in American history the mill girls of Lowell in the mid nineteenth century; the Little Rock nine in 1957; the children who marched for civil rights in the “children’s crusade” and were arrested in Birmingham in 1963; the four students killed by the National Guard at Kent State in 1970 “From Stonewall to Selma to Seneca Falls America’s youth forces us to confront where we have fallen short” he said 52518 – The NewYorker The March for Our Lives Presents a Radical New Model for Youth Protest by Emily Witt 21319 – NY Times Parkland A Year After the School Shooting That Was Supposed to Change Everything by Patricia Mazzei 21319 – NY Times Parkland Shooting Where Gun Control and School Safety Stand Today By Margaret Kramer and Jennifer Harlan 11613 – Business Insider How the Gun Industry Funnels Tens of Millions of Dollars to the NRA by Walt HickeyToday's NRA is a virtual subsidiary of the gun industry said Josh Sugarmann executive director of the Violence Policy Center While the NRA portrays itself as protecting the 'freedom' of individual gun owners it's actually working to protect the freedom of the gun industry to manufacture and sell virtually any weapon or accessory There are two reasons for the industry support for the NRA The first is that the organization develops and maintains a market for their products The second less direct function is to absorb criticism in the event of PR crises for the gun industry 32219 Daily Beast Parkland Shooting Survivor Sydney Aiello Takes Her Own Life by Pilar MelendezItems of Interest Other NeverAgainMSD on Facebook Change the Ref a non profit set up by parents of one of the victims to fight the NRA 21319 – NY Times Would Congress Care More if Parkland Had Been a Plane Crash? March For Our Lives National School Walkout Video for the song Burn the House Down by AJR This was MFOL’s anthem on their summer bus tour AJR did an unscheduled show for them in NYC 7118 Dylan Klebold's mother in a TED talk about how it is possible to miss the signs of disturbance in those close to you Sue Klebold My Son Was a Columbine Shooter This is My Story Bryan Reardon's novel Finding Jake offers a fictional look at a Columbine type scenario from a parental perspective Since Parkland Over the summer than 200 teen reporters from across the country began working together to document the children ages zero to 18 killed in shootings during one year in America The stories they collected go back to last February 14 the day of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when at least three other kids were fatally shot in incidents that largely escaped notice As the weeks went on the stories came to include children lost to school shootings as well as to armed domestic violence drug homicides unintentional discharges and stray bullets The stories do not include victims killed while fatally injuring someone else or in police involved shootings nor children who died in gun suicides for reasons explained hereEXTRA STUFF continues below in Comment #1