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A Look Back on EMS’ Conversation with Jim McGovern

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A Look Back on EMS’ Conversation with Jim McGovern

Matthew Baker-Grunza, Writer

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Dear Bancroft Student,

“You are 100% percent our future,” said Congressman James McGovern to a theater full of the engaged Bancroft Community. This discussion was the brain baby of EMS (End Mass Shootings), a Bancroft student coalition founded in reaction to the Parkland school shootings which has begun to work proactively to end mass shootings. Events such as this discussion work toward this exact goal — not only beginning the discussion student to student, but student to legislator as well.

In this groundbreaking discussion, Congressman Jim McGovern spoke about how we as students could get involved in politics as well as what he has seen students participating in most recently.  One of the points that McGovern Stressed most of all was the idea of telling stories. To make the change that we want to see in our country, we as students must use our resources and tell stories through “social media and relatives,” said Congressman McGovern. If we as a Bancroft community can talk to one of our family members out of state that means almost 400 different people will be thinking about gun control.  400 people. As the Congressman said, “You have every right to demand the future that you want.” If a Bancroft student demands that future through relatives and social media, imagine the affect. I think that is what inspired me most from the congressman’s speech, that I can as a student speak my beliefs and influence my representative.

The Congressman reminded the audience in the theater that this is not the only movement to involve students. Students have always played a large role in fighting for justice in America. As he reminisced about when he was arrested for protesting against apartheid, McGovern mentioned other movements, such as the Civil Rights movement and the Anti-Vietnam War movement. Protests such as these are clear example that McGovern was right when he said, “Being indifferent is no longer acceptable!”

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