CFA Supports the #NeverAgain Movement
Parkland youth, we stand with you

As the 50-year anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination approaches, along with the 50-year anniversary of our victory in the battle for Ethnic Studies in the California State University, the California Faculty Association acknowledges that the wisdom, passion, and leadership of youth continue to animate our urgent and righteous movements for social justice.

Half a century ago, teenagers routinely faced down police violence, K9 attack dogs, and water hoses in the fight for civil rights. University students formed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a vital organizing wing of the movement.

Cal State and UC students fought tirelessly to democratize our universities and to broaden the scope of legitimate knowledge in the fight for Ethnic Studies.

In recent years, we have witnessed youth—thousands of whom sit in our classes—continue to lead the way in the fight for all immigrants’ rights, in the Occupy/Decolonize movement, in the Black Lives Matter movement, in struggles for LGBTQ and disability justice, in the movement for free higher education, and against a growing avalanche of student debt and economic inequity.

Today, we once again bear witness to the moral leadership of the youth of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, and their many allies across the country, who are declaring that their safety at school matters more than the moneyed influence of the gun lobby, more than the cowardice of politicians, and more than the profits reaped from the reckless mass marketing of weapons of war in our communities.

Parkland youth, the California Faculty Association stands with you, and we know that you are on the right side of history. We see you, and we know in our hearts that now is the time for adults to listen to you, to follow your courageous and visionary lead, and to make sure that we as a society take action to protect us all.

We, too, scream #NeverAgain!