March For Our Lives – Scenes From Across the Country & the World
Today a movement inspired by the teenage survivals of the Parkland, Florida school shooting came to life across not just the United States, but the entire world as people across the globe joined in the March For Our Lives. Protestors marched for stricter gun control laws and against the National Rifle Association (NRA), a gun rights organization with powerful political ties in the U.S.
— The Hill (@thehill) March 24, 2018
March For Our Lives began on February 18th, when Parkland survivor Cameron Kasky announced on ABC News, “People are saying that it’s not time to talk about gun control, and we can respect that. Here’s a time: March 24, in every single city.”
While March For Our Lives is a student focused and primarily student lead march, the movement has attracted support from movie stars, musicians and even NFL Patriot’s owner Robert Kraft. Kraft provided the New England Patriot’s plane to fly the families of the seventeen victims of the Parkland shooting to the Washington D.C. March For Our Lives. Paul McCartney marched in New York and in remembrance of John Lennon.
— Slate (@Slate) March 24, 2018
Today’s march comes following an earlier nationwide student walkout also demanding stricter gun laws. National Walkout Day took place on March 14th. Students around the country walked out of class for seventeen minutes, one minute for each victim of Parkland. The walkouts took many forms. In one school in California students organized themselves to spell the word “Enough” on the school’s football field.
Following today’s March For Our Lives is another scheduled walkout on April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting where two seniors killed 12 fellow students, one teacher and each other. A petition for the April 20th walkout has reached over 250,000 signatures.
While school shootings are largely a phenomenon in the United States, the issue has attracted attention and support worldwide. In addition to cities across the U.S., marches took place today in London, Paris, Edinburgh and Sydney.
Scenes from today’s March For Our Lives:
— Karen Clarke (@mcitweets) March 24, 2018
— Carolyn Flinchum (@CarolynFlinchum) March 24, 2018
— #NBC7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) March 24, 2018
One of the most powerful moments today came from a speech by an 11-year-old black girl speaking on behalf of the “African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page.”