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Editor: 

Last weekend, thousands across the country participated in the March for our Lives. Thank you to all the courageous students who planned and participated in these demonstrations.

When you organized peaceful protests on March 24, you proved your ability to lead. Your passion to create change inspired thousands to march alongside you.

Do not let anyone dismiss the power of these actions. You organized a global movement. Your actions forced politicians to acknowledge a crisis they previously ignored. Most remarkably, you acted when no one else would.

However, our work is not done. These demonstrations are just the start of the fight against gun violence. Don't become quiet yet.

Many young activists may question next steps they can take to continue the movement. I recommend taking the next week to reflect on your experiences at the March for Our Lives. Then share your experiences with your representatives. Not all of your elected officials attended a march, and they may have not been at the march in which you participated. Tell them your stories.

Most importantly, follow-up with them. Your representatives need to hear your voice regularly. You need to constantly put pressure on them to enact change.

The success of these marches demonstrated the power of your voice. Continue to wield it. 

DAVID BOEDECKER, Cheyenne 

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