Category: Student Protests

This is not a drill: SAISD students go to Austin to begin a conversation on gun control

This is not a drill: SAISD students go to Austin to begin a conversation on gun control

Sitting in the Capitol hearing room reserved for their day of meetings, I watched the five students from San Antonio ISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy and seven from Travis Early College High School settle in behind the dais. The seal of the State of Texas hovered over them as they swiveled in the cushy chairs…

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#walkoutroadtrip: Dispatches from a suburban full of teenagers going to petition the Lt. Governor

#walkoutroadtrip: Dispatches from a suburban full of teenagers going to petition the Lt. Governor

Today, I’m literally taking backseat to a group of students who, I am sure of it, will one day appear on a ballot. These young leaders already inspire me with their candor, intensity, and immunity to bullshit. Their principal, Delia McLerran, arranged for the students to meet with representatives from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s office…

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South San students take the mic… and advocate for mental health services

South San students take the mic… and advocate for mental health services

Madisyn Donovan has to go to Saturday school. The high school sophomore is enrolled in South San Antonio ISD’s popular Early College program, and she’s a member of the Enrichment Club—she’s no slouch. Quite the opposite, Donovan is motivated. So motivated, that she takes a VIA Metropolitan Transport bus two hours across town to get…

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Fueling their long game, student activists get strategic with Congressman Lloyd Doggett

Fueling their long game, student activists get strategic with Congressman Lloyd Doggett

On Saturday, high school students hosted a Town Hall for Our Lives event with Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), and asked him to shoot straight with them on how to advance their gun regulation agenda. A few miles away in Olmos Park a group of open carry advocates took to the streets, or rather to the…

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Feeding on solidarity and opposition, student activists galvanize ahead of Saturday’s march

Feeding on solidarity and opposition, student activists galvanize ahead of Saturday’s march

At the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center on Wednesday, March 21, a group of high school students listened with wide eyes as the seasoned protestors explained the many scenarios that can arise during a march, and offered tips on how to respond. Hecklers: don’t engage. Persistent hecklers: form a barrier between heckler and marchers. Violent…

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As the walkouts begin, Churchill HS student activists organize underground

As the walkouts begin, Churchill HS student activists organize underground

The day before spring break, San Antonio area students began their campus-by-campus displays of solidarity with students around the country as they left class to peacefully protest gun violence in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. shooting that left 17 dead. Brandeis High School in Northside ISD made the local news, and Longfellow Middle School…

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

The 2017-18 school year has been the year of the high school student activist. Locally, before the shooting in Parkland, Fla. sparked gun control activity, San Antonio ISD drew protests when it added sexual orientation and gender identity to its non-discrimination policy. Students protested President Trump’s repeal of DACA. And then there was the renaming…

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