Inspired by the Oscar-nominated film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” online activist network Avaaz has set up three billboards in the Miami calling out Senator Marco Rubio for his inaction in curbing gun violence.
The truck-mounted billboards were spotted near Rubio’s Doral, Fla., office on Friday and say: “SLAUGHTERED IN SCHOOL,” “AND STILL NO GUN CONTROL?,” “HOW COME, MARCO RUBIO?”
— Avaaz (@Avaaz) February 16, 2018
Of course, the activism comes in the wake of this week’s Parkland, Fla. high school shooting that left 17 dead.
In the film “Three Billboards, Frances McDormand’s Mildred Hayes is a mother consumed with grief and anger — because nine months before the film begins her teenage daughter was found raped and murdered, burned to death on a remote road where three empty, tattered billboards stood.
Desperate to shame the police into restarting a stalled investigation, Mildred pays $5,000 to have messages put on the billboards: “RAPED WHILE DYING” on the first, “AND STILL NO ARRESTS?” on the second, and “HOW COME, CHIEF WILLOUGHBY?” on the third.
A similar campaign was also launched outside Grenfell, London, where 71 died in a public housing fire:
3 Billboards Outside Grenfell, London
Listen to all our voices now; we demand #Justice4Grenfell
Please Retweet pic.twitter.com/nHWkrGDWNz
— Justice 4 Grenfell (@officialJ4G) February 15, 2018
“Three Billboards” is nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Original Screenplay.
The high school shooting happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, roughly 50 miles north of Miami.
An “AR-15-style weapon” was recovered at the scene, according to CNN.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, who officials said is a former student at the school, has been ID’d as the suspected shooter. He was taken into custody nearby in Coral Springs.