Award the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize to the survivors of the Stoneman Douglas shooting
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The will of Albert Nobel specified that the Peace Prize shall be awarded each year to the persons or persons who "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses"
We the undersigned submit to you that the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, USA, on 14 February 2018 have done the most to "hold and promote peace" of anyone in the world over the past year.
In just the first 10 days after the shooting, these students have:
--Held American political leaders accountable;
--Forced entrenched interests to reconsider their positions; and
--Brought about the first meaningful conversation on guns in the US in over 50 years.
Thirty-two years ago, your predecessors awarded the Peace Prize to Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan, two Northern Irish housewives who started a movement to bring peace to Ireland--at a time when nobody thought it was possible.
Four years ago, Malala Yousafzai was a co-laureate at the age of 17.
The precedent is there. Please seize this opportunity to show them--and all Americans--that the world is watching.
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