Students from Parkland, Florida are meeting with Governor Dayton today as their “Road to Change” bus tour makes its way through Minnesota. Alfonso Calderon is a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting that resulted in 17 deaths. He says he understands everyone is not going to agree with calls for gun reform, and so far on the tour “you’ll see people wear ‘don’t tread on me’ flags, or ‘Make America Great Again’ hats, but we’re non-partisan, and so we don’t care if people are Republican or Democrat, we only care about this particular issue and we like talking to people and getting their feedback and being open-minded, because that’s the only way people are going to change their views on this issue.” Calderon adds “one of our main purposes is to register as many people to vote because to change this issues, we have to change the people who are in office and the people in office have not been voted in by youth, because the youth turnout in this country is honestly sad.” The students are advocating for gun reforms and encouraging young people to register to vote. The group took part in the Pride parade in Minneapolis and hosted a town hall in Osseo Sunday. Tomorrow they’re headed to Moorhead for a picnic and community discussion.
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