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Am I Next

Florida Southwestern State College
Am I Next protest at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers

Students and professors of a Media Exploration class at Florida Southwestern State College performed a conceptual protest piece during the “March for our Lives,” protest against gun violence at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers on March 24.  

The artists, consisting of both gun owners and non-gun owners alike, worked collaboratively to pull their ideas together in a performance titled, “Am I Next.” In part, it is meant to show solidarity with those seeking greater regulation of firearms in the wake of the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people, as well as other mass shootings in Florida and across the U.S. 

Now the group is working to bring the performance back to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center with the “Border(less)” painting exhibition, which opens April 6, as well as in the windows of the Franklin Shop.

Credit Florida Southwestern State College
Florida Southwestern State College
Am I Next protest in downtown Fort Myers

Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and associate producer of Gulf Coast Live for WGCU News. Rachel came to WGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.Rachel was first contacted by WGCU when she was managing editor of FGCU's student-run media group, Eagle News. She helped take Eagle News from a weekly newspaper to a daily online publication with TV and radio branches within two years, winning the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best Use of Multimedia in a cross-platform series she led for National Coming Out Day. She also won the Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing for her five-month coverage of an FGCU student's transition from male to female.As a WGCU reporter, she produced the first radio story in WGCU's Curious Gulf Coast project, which answered the question: Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.