Change The Ref Transformed This Valentine's Day Mural Into a Chilling Statement on Gun Violence

Activations mark anniversary of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting

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A year after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting took the life of their son, Joaquin, Manuel and Patricia Oliver wanted to be anywhere but at home in Parkland, Fla.

“When [Manuel] talked to me about Valentine’s Day, he said, ‘I don’t want to be home, mourning. I want to be active and I want to be fighting, doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing,'” creative director Susan Levine, who partnered with the Olivers’ Change The Ref gun reform activism organization on its Valentine’s Day project, explained.



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