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How the #MARCHFOROURLIVES movement is turning children into leaders

By ALEX PLASENCIA

The #marchforourlives movement has expanded rapidly throughout the country as students protest gun reform in the wake of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 students and teachers.

So what is the #marchforourlives movement?

d18f588e-934d-4ff9-8a27-e989d44f22fc-25390-000010fc9138cba9_file-2According to marchforourlives.com, the priority of the movement is “to demand that their (students) lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.” A collective march across the country is to be taken place on Mar. 24, 2018, with the largest movement occurring in Washington, D.C.

Who is participating?

Students across the country are encouraged to participate. Marches are being planned in cities across the country such as “ Los Angeles; Chicago; Miami; Las Vegas; Springfield, Missouri; San Francisco; Dallas; New York City; Birmingham, Alabama; West Palm Beach, Florida; Boise, Idaho; Liverpool, England” and more, according to time.com.

Celebrities have also heard the voices of the youth. George and Amal Clooney, both well-known Hollywood actors, have donated $500,00 to the March for Our Lives organization. Late night TV show host Jimmy Fallon has also decided to take part in the movement. He shared in a recent interview, “I just want to say I stand behind you guys and I’ll be marching alongside you with my wife and two children in D.C. to show our support.” The brand Gucci has donated $500,000 to the organization as well.

George and Amal Clooney, and Jimmy Fallon are some of the several celebrities helping out and participating in the march for our lives event. Photos from yahoo.com and bussinessinsider.com.

Why are students marching?

Student Emma Gonzalez, who is a survivor of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, gave insight as to why students are marching. Gonzalez says, “We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks. Not because we’re going to be another statistic about mass shooting in America, but because, just as David said, we are going to be the last mass shooting. Just like Tinker v. Des Moines, we are going to change the law. That’s going to be Marjory Stoneman Douglas in that textbook, and it’s going to be due to the tireless effort of the school board, the faculty members, the family members and most of all the students.”

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Photo by marchforlives.com

What will be the impact of this movement?

With the hopes of gun reform, one of the many organizers of the March for Our Lives movement Alex Clavering shares, “We want a bill in Congress to pass these things that we’re talking about and to listen to what the majority of the American people want in terms of stricter gun laws and gun reform, and not to be beholden to the lobbying groups like the NRA,” Clavering added. “After nothing happened with Sandy Hook, this just feels like finally an opportunity to get a bill passed.”

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