'Fearless Girl' Wears A Bulletproof Vest, The Newest Fashion Must-Have For Students Of All Ages

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Wall Street’s beloved ‘Fearless Girl’ got a makeover in advance of Tuesday’s election — and days before this week’s slaughter of 12 mostly young people in a shooting late Wednesday at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Artist Manuel Oliver gave New York’s most famous symbol of women’s empowerment some extra armor last Friday, dressing her in a bulletproof vest broadcasting the hashtag #FearfulGirl.

Oliver’s son Joaquin ‘Guac’ Oliver was murdered along with 16 other victims in the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

“She can’t be fearless if she’s afraid to go to school,” wrote Change the Ref, Oliver’s pro-gun control nonprofit, on Twitter, about the rebranded “#FearfulGirl.” The organization is dedicated to using “urban art and nonviolent creative confrontation to expose the disastrous effects of the mass shooting pandemic,” according to its website.

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Oliver has another project, a series of ten 3-D printed sculptures—a reference to the ongoing debate about the legality of 3-D printed guns—depicting children cowering under their desks to hide from a school shooter. Each statue in the series, titled “The Last Lockdown,” is engraved with disturbing statistics about gun violence, such as “22 kids are shot every day in America.” This fall, they toured voter-registration drives around the country.

artnet News shares the details of Oliver and wife Patricia’s extensive campaign for changes in America’s gun laws. Not many Parkland-related issues get by us at AOC, but this one did. We will dig down into the Olivers’ efforts because they are visually impressive and thereby imprinted in our minds.

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Young Activists Parkland's Jaclyn Corin & Company, BLM DeRay Mckesson Featured By Vanity Fair

March for Our Lives students at Saint Sabina Academy, in Chicago, for the kickoff of their two-month summer bus tour, #RoadToChange, in June. Standing, from left: Jackie Corin, Jammal Lemy, David Hogg, Diego Pfeiffer, Sofie Whitney, Cameron Kasky, and Matt Deitsch. Sitting, from left: Tyah-Amoy Roberts, Alfonso Calderón, Kyrah Simon, Samantha Deitsch, and Victoria Gonzalez. Image by Paul D'amato.

March for Our Lives students at Saint Sabina Academy, in Chicago, for the kickoff of their two-month summer bus tour, #RoadToChange, in June. Standing, from left: Jackie Corin, Jammal Lemy, David Hogg, Diego Pfeiffer, Sofie Whitney, Cameron Kasky, and Matt Deitsch. Sitting, from left: Tyah-Amoy Roberts, Alfonso Calderón, Kyrah Simon, Samantha Deitsch, and Victoria Gonzalez. Image by Paul D'amato.

The poor polling in predicting Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's Florida Dem. gov primary win didn't take into consideration the Parkland students criss-crossing the state with a massive get out the vote effort among young people.

Bernie only endorsed the former Hillary supporter in the last month. Meanwhile, Parkland students were on the move with voter registration and barely received any recognition for turning out the votes last week. Big media and pollsters struggle with anything new that doesn't fit their narrative.

DeRay Mckesson Image by Emily Lipson

DeRay Mckesson Image by Emily Lipson

Vanity Fair Magazine is on the rocks financially, turning to an online subscription model, which I now have, along with my first print magazine in years. Getting the print magazine combo is cheaper than digital only, so I decided to read a real magazine.

Reflecting an editorial shift, yesterday, BLM co-founder DeRay Mckesson was featured online, w/his now iconic Patagonia blue vest. (Not sure if article is in print).

 

Parkland student Jaclyn Corin is profiled in Vanity Fair for her logistical brainiac strategy for March for Our Lives. hotograph by Paul D’amato.

Parkland student Jaclyn Corin is profiled in Vanity Fair for her logistical brainiac strategy for March for Our Lives. hotograph by Paul D’amato.

  Now Vanity Fair takes an in-depth look at Jaclyn Corin a key logistical brain behind the nationwide Parkland students movement. VF gives you 3 free articles a month, so take a read about this inspiring young people's movement across America and check out Deray's equally positive profile as he promotes his new book 'On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope'.

Parkland Students Launch Nationwide 50 Stops Tour To Register Young Voters & Talk Gun Laws Reform

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Anyone who thought the Parkland students might go into summer hibernation, hitting the beach and soaking up the rays is wrong. Last Sunday 788 diplomas -- four of them posthumous --- were handed out to graduating seniors of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. On Monday students of the March for Our Lives movement announced the kickoff of a national summer bus tour designed to raise awareness around gun control issues and to register voters in advance of the November midterms. 

Launching June 15th at the Peace March in Chicago, the tour – named March for Our Lives: Road to Change – will make 50 stops across America in 60 days. The state of Florida will not be forgotten when a separate tour led by March for Our Lives activists rolls into action, with events in all 27 of Florida’s congressional districts. Registering young people to vote and educating the community about where their political candidates stand on gun reform and their relationship to the NRA is the students' priority.

"After we had the march, our thought process was, ‘Now that everybody knows what’s going on, how do we actually get them to do something and act on what they now understand and feel?'" Stoneman Douglas junior and March for Our Lives activist Alfonso Calderon tells Rolling Stone. "That’s why we decided that we wanted to be face-to-face with different people from all parts of the country, many of whom are underrepresented. Those are the people who are really going to make a difference in these votes, which are going to save lives."