March For Our Lives

Vanessa Pasos , Reporters

March for Our Lives, a student led protest, took place on March 24 in Washington, D.C. Organizers of the event estimated an attendance of 200,00 to 800,000. The march was created by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in hopes of ending gun violence.

Multiple students and activists took the stage to voice their thoughts on the matter. Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Douglas High School and survivor of the shooting, listed what her fallen classmates would never be able to do again, she later fell silent for four minutes. Gonzalez followed the silence with, “Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job.”

The stage was shared by other communities affected by gun violence. Naomi Wadler, an eleven year old, spoke on behalf of black women who experience gun violence regularly. “I am here to acknowledge and represent the African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news,” said Wadler.

Over 800 sibling March for Our Lives events occurred over the world. Several demonstrations were hosted in Florida, including one in Downtown Orlando and Parkland.