"There’s a whiff of surprise and condescension in the way that some Americans, in the media and in general, are responding to the wave of student activism in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland," Sally Kohn recently in the Washington Post. The bottom line is that if you're surprised to see teenagers form a cohesive movement with an ambitious goal they're actively working toward, you haven't been paying close enough attention. In no particular order, here are five other teen- and student-led protests from just the past few years.
It's incredible and inspiring, and people much older than the students who organized Never Again are by their resilience. The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High are the latest group in a decades-long history of teenagers and students spearheading social movements. Young people have been organizing for as long as there's been organizing to do. Some of the largest protests in the Civil Rights Movement were student-led — in October 1963, for example, a group of skipped school to protest school segregation. And even just in the past few years, students and teenagers have been at the forefront of some of the most radical protests in the country, a fact that people are on Twitter in the midst of the most recent wave of student activism.
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In 2017, the New York Times Magazine a group of teenagers, now called the , who started the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would've cut through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. In April 2016, a few teenagers from One Mind established a small prayer camp off the Dakota Access route that eventually grew into a protest camp that the Department of the Army to encourage an alternate route for the Pipeline.