The survivors of the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have organized a march taking place Saturday, March 24 in Washington D.C. and across the world. Titled “March for Our Lives,” the demonstration will honor the 17 students and faculty members killed on their high school’s campus.
Saturday’s main event will begin at noon on Pennsylvania Avenue between Third and 12th streets NW, convening in front of the White House. The march organizers couldn’t obtain protest permits for the National Mall because of a scheduling conflict — a local “talent show” has the rights from the National Park Service for that date for a “student project.”
There also promises to be some very extra special star power marching alongside the students on Saturday. “We’re gonna have four major independent women that are standing with us and walking beside us, and those are Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato,” David Hogg said on CNN last week. “They’re gonna be standing there with us and marching with us and they’re some of the few people that are really coming out and stepping up with us.”
Some 835 sister protests will kick off in solidarity around the world. The march has attracted support and donations from celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, and John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.
No one should have to go to school in fear of gun violence. Or to a nightclub. Or to a concert. Or to a movie theater. Or to their place of worship. I’ve made a donation to show my support for the students, for the March For Our Lives campaign, for everyone affected by these tragedies, and to support gun reform. I’m so moved by the Parkland High School students, faculty, by all families and friends of victims who have spoken out, trying to prevent this from happening again.
Lyft, the ride-sharing service is providing $1.5 million worth of free rides to the protest in D.C. and to demonstrations in 49 cities across the nation, including Parkland.
“Your bravery and intelligence have provided a renewed and much needed hope for our future,” Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green wrote in a letter to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students. “We are incredibly grateful for the example you are setting.”
To show their solidarity with marchers and activists, restaurants throughout the nation’s capital and surrounding areas will offer free or discounted food to participants. Those eateries have started their own mini-movement, and they’re calling it “Food For Our Lives.”