I’m a pediatrician in Washington DC. Please join me in supporting thousands of students taking part in the National School Walkout on March 14th to protest the failure of Congress to confront the public health crisis of gun violence. Students across the country – from high schools to medical schools – are demanding Congress pass gun safety legislation now.
You can support students by giving a Doctors For America “DOCTOR’S NOTE” (see below) to excuse students who participate in the NationalSchool Walkout.
To make our solidarity with students more visible, take a picture of yourself (wear your white coat!) with your student and the doctor’s note. If you can, WEAR ORANGE (clothing, a ribbon on your white coat, pin, etc.) in solidarity with the students in Parkland. Everyone can post it on their Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms with the hashtag #DocsForGunSafety. Send DFA a picture too, using this link:
Hoping to plan your own action on March 14th or thereafter? Hoping to encourage medical students and residents at your institutions to organize? See our action guide toolkit for a wealth of organizing strategies, messaging advice, and resources, updated in real time as there are new developments and strategies.
We are also making DFA doctor’s notes available to our partner organizations! Students, parents, and teachers can download a blank form and ask supportive health care providers for signatures and pictures.
Feel free to modify the above instructions and the doctor’s note to your community. View our White Coat Action Guide to find out more ways to become involved in DFA’s efforts. To find a walk-out near you, go to www.womensmarch.com/enough
The DFA Gun Violence Prevention Task Force