PRO-TV Students at March for Our Lives

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by Rachel Baron | March 29th, 2018

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This past Saturday 3/24, over one million students and advocates gathered in cities across the nation to demand gun reform. In a resounding display, students took the lead in petitioning for an end to gun violence. Our very own PRO-TV students boarded a bus bound for DCTV early that morning, cameras in hands.

Said Sade Falebita, DCTV’s Associate Director of Youth Programs, “It was their first time attending and filming a rally of this scale. As filmmakers they were learning how to listen and empathize on a whole new level.”

Along with activists from New Yorker’s Against Gun Violence, three PRO-TV students spent the day marching, protesting, and filming as the crowd proceeded down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Jordan Whiteside-Johnson, a Media Fellows I participant and senior at Leadership and Public Service High School, remarked on the energy of the day: “Seeing all of the signs and stories was really touching. There was a feeling change could be made.”

Jordan and his peers’ footage is the latest installment in an ongoing PRO-TV film project about gun violence. Along with participating in recent school walkouts, these young filmmakers have been studying the patterns of historical school shootings sharing their own personal experiences. Their final piece will be presented at the annual Media Fellows Screening early this summer.

Said Ms. Falebita: “It's important for youth to be involved in tackling the issues affecting their community because they have the power to make a difference, attack indifference and play an active role in the future they want to live in.”