Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in the nation's capital and cities across the US on Saturday to demand action against gun violence, the latest and most visible show of force by a student-led political movement born in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The group has already organized student walkouts to honor the Parkland victims on March 14, held community meetings and are now exploring ways to lobby both local, state and federal elected officials on a number of items.
"I'm here to talk to adults for a minute", Goddard said.
I want to be optimistic about these political changes, but the sad fact is, there have already been 71 people killed or injured in school shootings this year. Every day in school we learn how great the United States is, yet we have classmates dying in the very places they are supposed to be learning. Sonora High Sophomore Nevaeh Pletcher detailed why she took to the streets, "Because I believe that everyone should have a voice and we shouldn't be put aside".
In fact, according to The Trace, former Rep. James Moran (D-Va.) said that the NRA worked with allies in Congress to cut off funding for these grants.
He assured the students of his support and said he didn't know how, but they would find a way to secure the funding to make the trip to Washington possible.
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Jack Graziano, a 16-year-old junior from Long Island's Massapequa High School, said that he wanted gun violence to end so his own children would not have to suffer it.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend.
Survivors are among those leading the march efforts.
"Through a series of events, we learned that we were not welcome", Robinson said.
I.M.P., Everytown for Gun Safety, and Giffords thank Ariel Emmanuel, CEO of Endeavor (the holding company for WME, IMG, and UFC); Puma; and Red Bull for their generous donations which will provide Stay Amped tickets to hundreds of students who are coming to Washington, D.C.to participate in March for Our Lives. Their job is to monitor interactions between protesters and law enforcement. Bump stocks were used by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock to kill 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.
Elnakib also said organizers will use the march to honor 22-year-old Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by Sacramento police in his grandmother's backyard Sunday night.
The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. and start at the Sprint Pavilion by the Downtown Mall.