On March 14th, high school students across the nation walked out in solidarity to protest Congress’ inaction to do more in response to the violence that plagues our schools and neighborhoods. The members of GCE’s Student Council organized a walkout in which they read off the names of the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting and reflected on the tragic loss of life.
That afternoon, GCE students organized and participated in a soapbox speak out at Washington Square Park also known as Bughouse Square to continue the conversation. Bughouse Square was ground zero for Chicago’s radical free-speech movement from the 1910s through the 1960s. In its heyday, thousands of bohemians gathered in front of the Newberry Library to speak out against injustice. Our students used this historically important platform to speak out against gun violence through the art of spoken word.