Amnesty International USA joins March for Our Lives Against Gun Violence

  • Amnesty International USA joins March for Our Lives Against Gun Violence

Amnesty International USA joins March for Our Lives Against Gun Violence

"There's been a lot of remberance in the past month, but we have to ask ourselves, 'Why do we keep remembering?'", said Allen Liu, a senior at the McCallie School and one of the leaders of Chattanooga Students Leading Change. San Jose demonstrators plan to march down Santa Clara Street, while events in Oakland, San Francisco and Washington D.C. are rallies. "When we're together marching, this is not going to be different races, different generations ― this is going to be a unified people standing together against those who are trying to ignore us".

The rallies are a response to the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla, where 17 students and teachers were shot and killed. "It's not only about school shootings or mass shootings, it's about people who die on a daily basis in communities".

The region has experienced a spate of gun violence in recent years.

Local demonstrations were planned in Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco and more than a dozen other Bay Area cities.

"I was a survivor of gun violence as a teenager, it always had an impact on me", Apollo said.

"We have been through this cycle of suffering, death, and then resurrection happening in our neighborhood, and it was a time to unite with the suffering people of Parkland through prayer", Dorantes said. "I feel more hopeful and more energized, because of what they have started".

The school shooting in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year, and subsequent news coverage have sparked, and highlighted, student activism around the country to address gun violence. Both were bartenders at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas when the shooting broke out. A sniper in the October 1 Las Vegas mass shooting used such a device to kill 58 concert-goers.

While Landis can't vote in the mid-term elections, she said politicians should pay attention to this movement.

Hundreds turned out to protest gun violence in York.

During the march, we'll air "The March for Our Lives", a special national broadcast and call-in event hosted by WNYC's Brian Lehrer. "I was there at the capitol that day and I said that something needs to be done in Dallas", Rodgers said.

"We believe federal and state governments must put these in place to ensure that mass shootings and gun violence cease to be a staple of American culture", the students conclude.

The senator stressed that the March for Our Lives "is not a moment, this is a movement". None of the speakers will be older than 18, according to organizers. There will be a march along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C, and others will take place across the United States and world.

The march will also be held on the same weekend as the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

And celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg each donated $500,000 last month to the march's fund.