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“One Life Is Worth All the Guns in America”: Students Demand End to Violence at March for Our Lives
In a historic day of action, more than 800 protests were held Saturday urging lawmakers to pass gun control. In Washington, organizers say 800,000 took part in the March for Our Lives, which was organized by students who survived the February 14 shooting massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In New York, another 150,000 took to the streets; 85,000 rallied in Chicago; 55,000 marched in Los Angeles. Tens of thousands also rallied in Atlanta and Pittsburgh. In Washington, D.C., survivors of gun violence—from Parkland to Chicago—shared the stage to decry the power of the National Rifle Association and to demand an end to the violence. We air highlights of the speeches.
WATCH: Parkland Survivor Emma González Stands in 4 Minutes of Silence Heard Around the World
On Saturday in Washington, D.C., Parkland shooting survivor Emma González took to the stage at the massive March for Our Lives and stood behind the podium in silence for four minutes as she fought back tears. It’s being called the loudest silence in the history of U.S. social protest.
Voices from the Mass Shooting Generation: Youth from Around Country Descend on D.C. to Demand Change
Organizers say as many as 800,000 people poured into the streets in Washington, D.C., for the March for Our Lives, which was organized by students who survived the February 14 shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Amy Goodman and Democracy Now!’s youth correspondent Soledad Aguilar-Colón of Beacon High School here in New York City spoke to people in the crowd who had traveled from all over the world to join the protest.