Students Using Betterplace To Organize the March For Our Lives

We’ve all seen it in the videos of Emma Gonzalez that went viral after the Parkland school shooting. A new generation is taking charge.

All across the United States, students have stopped waiting for those born in the last century to take the measures needed to make their schools safe. These sixteen and seventeen year olds are taking matters into their own hands, demonstrating a skill for activism that has seized the nation’s attention.

And now they’ve found their tool. In eastern Washington state students preparing their version of the nation-wide March For Our Lives have embraced Betterplace as their organizing platform.

On March 7, students representing eight high school students launched their campaign to mobilize as many people as possible to march in support of sensible gun laws.

Why Betterplace? First, they like that it makes taking action extremely easy. You create an account. You tell Betterplace what your interests are. And an opportunity for action appears on your smartphone screen.

  • Got a car? You can distribute fliers in storefronts around town.

  • Are you creative? Help create signs to hold up at the march.

  • Worried about counterprotesters? Learn some techniques for defusing conflict situations.

Second, the app is built for digital natives like themselves. Betterplace talks with you through chat. Actions pop up as cards to be swiped left or right. You collect points as you take them on, honing your reputation in the network the more you do.

Third, the students call the shots. Some propose tasks for others to consider. The other students self-select the tasks available. No one stands above it all telling anyone what to do.

After all, who would want to tell these students what to do? They’ve already demonstrated more initiative and more aptitude for activism than many of us born in the 20th century.

This is their issue. This is their moment. And their time to show us what’s possible.

Ben Rowswell