March for Our Lives planned in Grand Rapids to protest gun violence

23 March, 2018, 23:32 | Author: Joshua Bennett
  • Local students join national walkout last week

It was almost standing-room only during this week's City Council meeting when many residents came to listen and speak to the council about a recent streak of gun violence in Henderson that, at the time of the meeting, had claimed the lives of five people.

The upcoming march builds on the momentum of the National School Walkout last week, which was called the biggest student demonstration since the Vietnam War.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been leading calls for gun reform since the shooting, in which 17 people lost their lives.

Both Jones and Weinkle-Matts said they enlisted more community participation for Saturday's march.

"We as youth as taking the lead in this", Weinkle-Matts said.

"When Vietnam was happening, the major protestors were young kids trying to make a difference", said Rodriguez-Asher.

"I respect my peers' decision to advocate for themselves and stand up for what they believe in". Haider said the organization is a registered nonprofit, and the donations are tax deductible. They quieted down when one of the student leaders, senior Colton Cunninghan, climbed onto a truck bed, megaphone in hand.

Two students from Thurgood Marshall have been killed by guns in the past year.


"I wanted to display how many times "never again" has been said to calm the masses with no action being taken", she told Newsbeat. "There's not a lot of money for public schools-and that's the bottom line". In light of all the massacres that have taken place over the last few years, and most recently in Parkland, Florida, where 17 children and adults were murdered, we can no longer remain silent. She says her generation will not stop pushing for change. "We are not alone at Milford High School", he said acknowledging the thousands of other walkouts around the country going on simultaneously, "Our message is to make schools safer ... school shootings must be addressed".

"Because of the Parkland shooting, (students there) sadly had their school days disrupted, so I think we should have to spend ours kind of memorializing them and showing them how we feel about having our school days disrupted", to protest gun violence and have drills for potential school shootings, sophomore Rachel Cunningham said. After the shooting in Parkland, Florida, it is clear that tragedies like this could happen anywhere and that lawmakers need to act now.

Salinas noted that a portion of the funding in HB 4145 is meant to go toward a joint OHSU/PSU study that will look at violence prevention, and Wagner also recommended that audience members learn more about the Safe Oregon program, which gives students and parents a resource to report potential safety threats.

While planning for the event, the USS reached out to Pacific faculty to ensure no students would face any consequences as a result of their choosing to walkout during class time.

Another mass protest is planned for March 24, to coenside with the March For Our Lives event in Washington, D.C. By creating these walkout events, they're forcing the U.S.to have this conversation.

WWU graduate student Hoku Rivera it was the younger students' passion who drove her to volunteer.

Although Stowe Middle and High schools are small, with the vast majority of students making up the crowd, the numbers felt far greater.

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