#JewsDemandAction: Today, We Marched for Our Lives

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#JewsDemandAction: Today, We Marched for Our Lives

Group of teens holding signs for gun violence prevention in front of an orange March for Our Lives banner

Thousands of Reform Jews around the United States gathered today to participate in March for Our Lives events in Washington, D.C. and satellite events across the country. In D.C., the Reform Movement was proud to host a Shabbat worship experience before the march, attended by nearly 2,000 Reform teens and adults and their allies. Led by teens from NFTY: The Reform Jewish Youth Movement, the event included prayer, song, and inspiring commentary that allowed our participants to gather strength as a Movement before taking to the streets to demand action on gun violence prevention.

Watch the live video of this morning's pre-March event:

All day long, Jews across the U.S. tweeted and shared photos to Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #JewsDemandAction to show our community's support for for gun violence prevention. Leviticus 19:16 instructs us, “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” For too long, Congress has stood idly by, mass shooting after mass shooting, refusing to take action to prevent the next massacre from happening. May the 17 lives lost in Parkland not be lost in vain. 

Check out NFTY's Facebook album of photos of the day, and if you have photos to add, please add them to our group album. Please upload photos that tell the story of the Jewish presence at marches in your community - and know we may share your images on social media and across the web.

And we're not done yet. Check out some of the tweets from this morning:

Visit nfty.org/gvp/act to learn what comes next, including filling out an action alert that calls on your members of Congress to enact universal background checks and ban the purchase and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. 

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Kate Bigam Kaput is the assistant director of messaging and branding for the Union for Reform Judaism and, in this role, serves as a content manager and editor for ReformJudaism.org. A prolific essayist and lifestyle blogger, Kate's writing has been featured in The Washington PostEsquire, Woman's Day, Cleveland Magazine, HeyAlma.com, Jewish Women Archive, and more. Kate, who grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, holds a degree in magazine journalism and lives in Cleveland, OH, with her husband.

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