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Walkout: In 1968, East L.A. Students Led a Movement

Fifty years ago, 17-year-old Paula Crisostomo helped organize a multi-school walkout that galvanized the Mexican-American community in Los Angeles.
Students at Eagle Rock High School in Northeast Los Angeles take part in the walkout for gun control
Students at Eagle Rock High School in Northeast Los Angeles take part in the walkout for gun controlRichard Vogel/AP

Yesterday was not the first time that high schoolers walked out the door of a classroom, calling for a revolution.

The school walkouts across the country yesterday were, in part, a 17-minute protest in memory of those who died during the shooting last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. They also serve as a clear demand. Students, both in Parkland and nationally, are speaking out—on Twitter, in town hall meetings, at rallies—for stricter gun control laws.