Tag Archives: Lauren Hogg

March for Our Lives Billboards in Times Square

For the next two weeks, eight billboard video screens in Times Square will remind people that we’re not just saying enough is enough.

We want change. We’re going to make sure people don’t stop talking about the gun violence epidemic in America. 

 

 

We’ve protested in front of Congress, targeted influencers across the country, developed QR-code t-shirts to register voters, filled Congressional hearing rooms with hundreds of students, and used texts to organize supporters and drive Get Out The Vote efforts (have you joined our We Call B.S. team yet? Text SAVE LIVES to 954-954). And just last month, we went to the U.S. Capitol to send a clear and powerful message to our nation’s leaders: Your Complacency Kills Us. 

Lauren Hogg, March for Our Lives, 4-17-19

#NeverAgain gun control activists explain their tactics

David Hogg and Lauren Hogg. #Never Again. Random House, 2018.
What tactics did these Parkland, Florida, savvy and outspoken teenagers use to make so much happen so fast in the gun control movement? David Hogg explained in his #NeverAgain book that they were very disorganized and as teenagers, no one liked being told what to do. If someone had a good idea, they did it, without asking for approval. Individuals focused on what they did well, such as tweeting, giving interviews, or organizing. He said they didn’t have a plan or hire consultants and focus groups, but communicated the way they were used to online. They started by “going to war with the NRA” with tweets suggesting companies end their special deals with the NRA, which gave the students a “bigger stage” of national attention. Gonzales quickly gained more Twitter followers than the NRA. They picked a few clear goals and picked their battles, ignoring trolls but challenging well-known people like Laura Ingraham who criticized his question, “What if our politicians weren’t the bitch of the NRA?” They weren’t respectful of people in authority like Senator Marco Rubio. What Hogg said made them succeed is they “obsessively” stuck to the task of changing the national discussion about gun control, often spending the night at Cameron’s house and waking up with another idea. After the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC, they organized into committees. Hogg said Gonzales is the only “non-type A” person in the group, the “peaceful radiance at the center of all the spinning wheels.” He advises activists to stay loving and “never, ever stop pointing at the naked emperor.”