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“Congressional Candidate Tamara Harris Joins Student-Led Walk Out Movement at West Essex High School Against Gun Violence”


By NJG Press Releases, March 14 2018 7:29 pm


(March 14, 2018) NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Tamara Harris stood on Wednesday with students at West Essex Regional High School as they joined in the national movement to remember the 17 high schoolers and teachers who were killed in Parkland, Florida last month. The event, held at the North Caldwell school, served as an opportunity for young people to advocate for their own safety from gun violence.


“Guns are not just an issue for urban America. What we saw in Parkland, Florida could have happened in North Caldwell, Verona, or Montclair, so I am very proud of the students at West Essex High School for taking a stand on this critical issue,” said Congressional Candidate Tamara Harris, who is running in New Jersey’s Congressional District 11, which includes parts of Essex County.


As a candidate for Congress, Harris calls on every elected official in Washington to finally draw a line in the sand and say, “No more!” to the unchecked ability to access weapons of mass murder.


“Removing weapons of mass murder from the streets isn’t just a policy goal for me. It’s very personal. I’m a mother who used to live just a few blocks away from West Essex High School and I know what it’s like to worry about the safety of my daughters once they leave home for school,” said Congressional Candidate Harris.


“I don’t own a gun and I truly believe we must remove from our neighborhoods, all lethal firearms that can kill dozens of people per minute.”


As an advocate for sensible gun reform and a social worker, Harris advises the students to continue in their advocacy by being thoughtful and intentional with their protest. “I leave you with this one question: How strong is your STEM, asked Harris at the walk out.  “Make sure your STEM, meaning your support system, tenacity, emotional wellness and movement, are in place as you continue on this journey to sensible gun reform. And know that I will always be a part of your support system,” said Congressional Candidate Harris.

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