"One of my best friends was shot not far from here", he told CNN, referring to Beatles bandmate John Lennon, who was gunned down near the park in 1980. "Even though most of us are minors and we can't vote yet or really do much politically, we can use our voices, and we can show everyone that we need change", she said. We must track down where these guns are coming from and limit access to semi-automatic weapons to see real change in all communities - not just the wealthy ones.
Yolanda Renee King, 9, drew thunderous applause as she echoed the words of her grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: 'I have a dream that enough is enough.
"I want to thank Rev. Jackson of Mount Olive Baptist Church, along with Mark Jackson, vice president and director of Hackensack High School Drop-in Center, for spearheading this event", Sims said.
Torres was one of hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and their supporters who attended the march, calling for stricter gun control in the wake of one of the deadliest school shootings in USA history last month.
Thousands of protesters chanted in support of stronger gun laws as the neared Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and staff were slain.
At the rally, a teenage boy with his mother waved at me and smiled.
He says the "Stop School Violence Act" doesn't do anything to keep students and others outside the line of fire from shooters. I spoke with students from MSD, but I never expected this story to become something so much bigger.
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It's always special to play against him, " De Gea added. "I don't think there will be a problem tomorrow (Tuesday)". Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said on Monday that "yesterday and today (Messi) trained and he was fine".
With mid-term Congressional elections eight months away, the activists flocked to some 800 marches across the country to enroll young voters likely to back Democratic and independent candidates who tend to favour tougher firearms laws.
Finley held a sign with a wish list: pizza all day, Disney World, no nap time, and safe schools.
The marches unified hundreds of thousands of people in cities across the country and have galvanized this movement, organizers said.
In tears, I wrote a brief about the students who lost their lives in the school shooting on Valentine's Day. Kelly was a star student and athlete at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Southeast. Chants like "Hey hey, ho ho-gun violence has got to go" were rare, and were mainly heard at the start and the end of the rally. "I can hear the click of a gun in a movie and I can feel the trauma", Joseph said. Organizers encouraged those who want to make a difference to take their opinions to the ballot box.
But the most riveting appearances were by the Stoneman Douglas students. Just weeks after the Parkland shooting, the 17-year-old was shot in a classroom at Huffman High School.
Friday, students at three Springfield high schools, Kickapoo, Glendale and Central, along with students at smaller districts in the Ozarks as well as at Missouri State University and Drury, took part in SGF Walkout For Our Lives.
"I can tell you something more needs to be done - something more than thoughts and prayers".