The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to those who work “for the peace and kinship of people” (pro pace et fraternitate gentium).

The student-leaders of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for inspiring our country to speak up and stand up to gun violence, inaction, and big money in politics. Hundreds of thousands of students walked out of their schools March 14, and even more citizens turned out for the March for Our Lives on March 24. These young Americans are turning their trauma into direct action and motivating people of all ages to demand an end to gun violence through common-sense legislation. As a public school teacher, I must say I’m not the least bit surprised that it’s our kids who are forcing us to enact real change.

Most people don’t realize it, but each member of Congress has the unique power to nominate for the Nobel Peace Prize. There is no one more deserving than the Parkland students. I call on Sen. Angus King, Sen. Susan Collins and the rest of the U.S. Congress to nominate these worthy recipients.

As the next U.S. senator from Maine, I would nominate them. Until then, please sign our petition on our website ( to make sure the Parkland students are the next Nobel Peace Prize winners!

Zak Ringelstein

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate


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