London youth to rally in Victoria Park against gun violence

Chicago students join March for Our Lives against gun violence and in racial solidarity

Most of the time, this question stays in the background.

Emily Dolgin didn't know Alyssa Alhadeff, one of the 17 victims of the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

"On the morning of March 14, I noticed a change in the American youth", says Jordan Sanchez, who hails from a high school in the Bronx. Sonora High Sophomore Nevaeh Pletcher detailed why she took to the streets, "Because I believe that everyone should have a voice and we shouldn't be put aside".

As the students from both parishes depart from Chicago on Friday afternoon for the 15-hour bus ride to Washington, they will begin with a prayer service at St. Sabina's and a blessing from Chicago's Cardinal Blase Cupich. They use scare tactics to say that advocates for gun violence prevention are seeking to take away handguns and hunting rifles.

She said: "After our own school shooting at Dunblane, new gun ownership laws were introduced in Britain and that's exactly what's needed in the United States, where gun deaths are a national tragedy".

Community leaders like Danville Mayor John Gilstrap and Danville Police Chief Scott Booth also marched alongside the students.

Before the Stoneman Douglas shooting, the NRA had Florida on lockdown.

Stem, like some in the crowd, are gun owners who also support stricter laws.

And just when Dorantes was trying to process such unexpected generosity, he received a phone call from Pilar and Alexandra Peña - the two aunts of Parkland survivor Andrea Peña - saying they had seen Garcia's video and wanted to underwrite the rest of the trip for the students.

That's not going to cut it this time.

"Thousands of people will march together to demand that student's (sic) lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in USA schools", Seaton wrote to CTV News.

The Richmond march has been organized by the Richmond Public Schools, the Richmond Peace Education Center, the local chapters of Moms Demand Action and the NAACP, and other groups.

Along with Ottawa's march, more than 800 anti-gun violence demonstrations are expected to take place today.

Survivors of the shooting have launched a vocal campaign for the US government to pass gun-safety legislation. A good starting point is requiring a criminal background check on all gun sales. "In the tragic wake of the 17 lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns". Beyond major cities, they will include demonstrations in Las Vegas, where a gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival a year ago; in Parkland, home to Stoneman Douglas; and in Jonesboro, Arkansas, where the community is marking the 20th anniversary of a middle school shooting that left four students and a teacher dead. "Our youth-led movement can't just end with the walkout, it has to continue on, and this is the flawless opportunity for me to keep the momentum going". "This is a march against gun violence, and I am scared there will be gun violence on the march". I want to make our schools safer by improving gun policies.

My classmates and I plan to keep up this work long after Saturday.

"It's up to my generation to rise up and start making that change."
Now we need the adults in our lives to have our backs.

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