June 12, 2018 is the second anniversary of the Pulse Night Club Shooting and our empowered youth have taken it upon themselves to create a National Die-In Day.
The Pulse Night Club shooting was an extreme LGBT+ hate crime. In addition to bringing awareness for LGBT+ discrimination, the shooting was yet another example of this country’s need for gun reform. Now, with the recent student activism against gun violence, students have created a National Die-In Day to commemorate Pulse as well as fight for better gun restrictions.
The original organizers have planned a rally and die-in in Washington D.C. and are encouraging “sister rallies” across the country.
The Columbus rally is hosted by State Of Ohio Youth Activists (SOYA) at the Ohio Statehouse on June 12. The rally begins at 11:30 a.m. as people begin to gather and then promptly at 12:00 p.m. rally participants will fall to the ground in a symbolic die-in. The die-in will last 12 minutes which is 720 seconds. This is the approximate number of mass shooting victims since the Pulse Night Club Shooting. Participants are encouraged to wear orange, the color of gun violence awareness, or rainbow for the LGBT+ awareness.