Have you wondered how the Parkland students who have been pushing gun control suddenly seemed to explode all over media and suddenly have hundreds of thousands of followers on social media?
Well, wonder no longer.
BuzzFeed (of all outlets) has laid out how the students have been aided by progressive organizations and politicians since the day after the shooting. It’s been a concerted effort to push their voices forward (as opposed to students who are perceived as not agreeing with the liberal mantra).
Democratic US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Broward County resident for nearly 30 years, told BuzzFeed News she has been in touch with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas since the day after the shooting, helping them connect to state legislators and plan their trip to Tallahassee last week.
Wasserman Schultz said that because this is the first time many of the students have interacted with legislators, she advised them on communication strategy. She also said she been in contact with Mark Kelly — Gabrielle Giffords’ husband and one of the founders of the Giffords foundation.
How did they get to Tallahassee? With the help of the powerful liberal group, the AFT.
The American Federation of Teachers, which helped bus students and parents to Tallahassee multiple times last week, are now assisting with the March for Our Lives rally. The federation’s president told BuzzFeed News that they are also helping support next month’s march as well as helping to shape the vision and mission for the group once the rally is over.
“There are a lot of people who know how to put on a march in Washington and we are here to help support the teens with that experience in terms of logistics and strategy but it’s still early and they have some time to figure that out,” AFT President Randi Weingarten told BuzzFeed News. “We will be here for that ‘oh shit moment’ when they realize they need things like permits.”
And just in case you didn’t get that this has been and is always about using the kids for politics.
The idea, as Weingarten, confesses is to “carry the momentum until November — with some of the students already using the hashtag #VoteThemOut.” And it isn’t Democrats they’re talking about voting out.
Weingarten made it clear how they wanted to use the students. “With their angst, anger, and authenticity, these students have pierced through the normal polarization of this debate,” Weingarten said. “This moment is different.”
But that’s not all.
Since then, major players and organizations — including Everytown, Giffords, Move On, Planned Parenthood, and the Women’s March LA — told BuzzFeed News they are helping the students with logistics, strategy, and planning for next month’s March for Our Lives rally and beyond. Much of the specific resources the groups are providing to the Parkland students remains unclear — as is the full list of supporting organizations — but there are broad outlines.
Giffords, an organization started by former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that fights gun violence, is working with Everytown and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to plan the main march on Washington — as well as sister rallies across the country.
MoveOn (who has received funding from George Soros) is encouraging its millions of members to join the march (and follow the students on social media to up their follower counts) and Planned Parenthood is “teaching and hosting trainings” for young activists across the US “to keep the momentum going so they don’t get burned out.”
In addition to hundreds of thousands of donations from people like Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney, one of the student organizers, Cameron Kasky has a March For Lives GoFundMe page that has taken in over $2.7 million.
The students even have a public relations firm now handling all of their”media inquiries.” Read More HERE