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In the wake of the first anniversary of the events at Parkland, Dave Cullen (the New York Times bestselling author of Columbine) offers an intimate new account of the extraordinary teenage survivors who became activists and inspired millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement. Having witnessed the escalation of the mass shootings epidemic over the last two decades, Cullen reveals how a courageous group of students took control of their story, used their grief as a catalyst for change, and transformed tragedy into a movement of astonishing hope that has galvanized a nation. Cullen discusses this inspiring look at the 2nd Amendment in action. A special performance by Compton Kidz Club to follow the conversation.

 

Dave Cullen

Dave Cullen is the author of New York Times Bestseller Columbine. He covered Parkland for Vanity Fair since the first weekend, following them around the country and into their rehearsals, their clandestine office and their homes. Cullen has also contributed to New York Times, BuzzFeed, Politico Magazine, Times of London, New Republic, Newsweek, Guardian, Washington Post, Daily Beast, Slate, Salon, The Millions, Lapham’s Quarterly, and NPR’s On The Media. 


Ryan Pascal

Ryan Pascal is a South Bay, California teenager, who is an activist, writer, student, and speaker. She has been featured in USA Today, Seventeen, and PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World. In response to the Parkland shooting, Pascal organized her school’s March 14th walkout and visited the California Department of Education to lobby for school policy that helps prevent gun violence. Through her role as a youth advisor with Everytown for Gun Safety, she has spoken for a Moms Demand Action panel and hosted student summits in New York and Florida.


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