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What Will the Nationwide School Walkouts Accomplish?

They won't immediately prompt congressional action on gun control, but they’re vital to activists' momentum.
Source: Kyle Grillot / Reuters

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, students at 3,000 schools and across every U.S. time zone were in, or will be in, a state of protest. They locked arms. They formed hearts across football fields. They prepared press packets for journalists.

They were participating in a nationwide walkout—17 minutes long, to commemorate the 17 victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, exactly one month ago. The protests are the latest channeling of activist momentum following the Parkland shooting—momentum that previous

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