Tomorrow, the March For Our Lives will hit the streets of Washington DC. Students, teachers, children, parents, allies and activists are coming together to demand an end to gun violence and mass shootings. Thousands are expected to attend the March For Our Lives, not only in Washington D.C., but also in other major cities throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world.
The March For Our Lives is the passionate project of school shooting survivors from Parkland, Florida, where just over a month ago, 17 people died at the hands of deadly gun violence. It was the eighth mass shooting in the US in a year.
Parkland students were fed up, and within days of the shooting, students started taking action, demanding that government officials do the same.
They quickly coined the phrase #NeverAgain, and their efforts quickly gained traction and national attention. Students even received donations from Oprah Winfrey, along with George and Amal Clooney – $1 million to be precise – to help fund the organization of the march.
The March For Our Lives’ website states the movement’s top three demands:
- Pass a law to ban the assault weapons frequently used to carry out mass shootings
- Stop the sales of high-capacity magazines, restricting the amount of ammunition
- Close loopholes in America’s background checks and implements lows that require background checks on every gun purchase, including those that occur online or at gun shows.
Celebrities, including Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus are expected to attend. And those interested in marching tomorrow can visit March For Our Lives to find an event nearest you. There will be over 800 events throughout the US, and also in overseas cities, including Paris, London, Madrid, Tokyo and Seoul.