Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Student-Led Advocacy

November 11, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice Theatre

Please Join Us!

Every 156 minutes a child or teen is killed with a gun in the United States.

In 2018, firearms became the leading cause of death for young people ages 1-19. And for every child or teen fatally shot, another 5 suffered injuries due to gunfire. Some of those whose lives have been forever changed due to gun violence have led the charge to prevent these tragic events. Students from Florida to California have engaged in activism and advocacy to end the crisis of gun violence—succeeding in changing minds and changing the law.

On November 11th, the Children’s Advocacy Institute and the Kroc School of Peace Studies invite you to spend 156 minutes learning about translating outrage and personal tragedy into healthy activism and effective policy advocacy. The event includes a screening of the film Us Kids, documenting the March for Our Lives campaign launched following the tragic events at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The evening also features a panel discussion on effective student-led advocacy and activism driven by lived experience.

In-person attendance is limited to current USD students, faculty, and staff. Check-in will open at 5:00 p.m. at which time attendees can pick up a boxed meal. The panel discussion will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.  For more information and to register, click below:



Jim Schultz, Executive Director of The Democracy Center, has trained and supported activists on five continents for more than 30 years. He serves as a global advocacy advisor to UNICEF, and has led winning activist campaigns from the local level to the global. He has authored several books, including the recently published The Art of Advocacy; A Little Book About How to Make Big Change, which will be available to all attendees.

Marcus Freidman (JD ’21), created and lobbied for California’s AB 1057 (Petrie-Norris) while still a student at USD School of Law. This bill, signed by the Governor on October 8, 2021, expands the definition of firearms in gun violence restraining order laws to include parts used to create “ghost guns.” Friedman is driven by his very personal ties to the policy changes he is proposing.  Not only did he survive the Las Vegas shooting on October 1, 2017, but his hometown is Parkland, Florida.

Us Kids Poster

Please contact Jessica Heldman at with any questions.

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