In an effort to lobby lawmakers to fight for stronger gun-control legislation, David Hogg and other activists from the #NeverAgain movement are assisting with the leadership of the Town Hall for Our Lives project, a series of forums to be held across the United States.
Despite Hogg’s name being associated with the effort, the town halls are being organized by professional progressive activists, with work primarily being done by Indivisible, a radical organization that describes itself as a “progressive grassroots network of local groups” seeking to “resist the Trump Agenda.”
Also assisting with organization of the events is a group which calls itself the Town Hall Project, which is working in tandem with the organizers of the March for Our Lives movement. Professional organizers also lead the Town Hall Project, which gained notoriety when it rallied activists in 2017 to support progressive healthcare legislation.
UPDATE: There are now 114 unique #TownHallForOurLives events covering 125 congressional districts. Amazing work by organizers across the country as these numbers grow by the hour.
So far only 24 members of Congress have decided to attend… ⌛
— Town Hall Project (@townhallproject) April 4, 2018
The Town Hall Project is led by former organizers for the presidential campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama, including Jimmy Dahman, Megan Riel-Mehan, Nathan Williams and Juliana Amin.
In 2017, Breitbart reported that Indivisible leaders have been professional activists openly associated with groups financed by billionaire George Soros.
Organizing for Action, the activist group that morphed from Obama’s first presidential campaign, partnered with the Indivisible Project for “online trainings” in 2017, providing instruction on how to protest Trump’s agenda.
The collection of leaders and organizers are seeking to funnel anti-gun protesters into town halls held by members of Congress scheduled to occur during the current recess that ends April 9. The effort is being promoted on Twitter as #TownHallForOurLives.
24 out of 535 reps and senators. If you can’t speak with your constituents, then why do you work for them? Can’t wait for November 🙂#VoteThemOut
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) April 5, 2018
Regarding the town hall plan, Vox.com reported: Congress is on recess through April 8 (April 9 for the House), so some lawmakers already have town halls scheduled. March for Our Lives and the Town Hall Project are encouraging gun control activists to rally around those already established events — or pressure representatives without a town hall scheduled to host one next week.
David Hogg, a Parkland survivor and one of the March for Our Lives organizers, said this goes for Republican and Democratic Congress members — they want all 435 representatives to participate. If not, primary and general elections opponents will be invited to attend in their places, or activists will consider holding an “empty chair town hall” to call attention to their absence. “We’re not for Democrats or Republicans,” Hogg said. “We’re simply trying to save kids.”
According to Hogg, more than 100 town halls have been scheduled. Hogg said he hopes activists hold politicians accountable for accepting money from the National Rifle Association and the gun lobby, though he encouraged all constituents to attend — not just advocates of gun control, but those who have opinions about school safety or mental health policy.
The Town Hall Project, Hogg and Indivisible have employed social media to attract activists to the Town Hall Project:
— Town Hall Project (@townhallproject) March 26, 2018
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) April 2, 2018
51 members of Congress holding town halls this recess.
22 fully confirmed THFOL events on the site and over 300 organizers in 144 districts working to secure others. We should confirm at least 5 more by end of day. #TownHallForOurLives
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 29, 2018
Are you joining a #TownHallForOurLives in your area? Here are some sample questions you can ask your Members of Congress at the event👇@townhallproject @AMarch4OurLives https://t.co/r2pArcOiwo pic.twitter.com/X8HeM2HeJ5
— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) April 4, 2018