Stay Amped concert raises money for gun violence prevention

Bryan Strickland
March 25, 2018

More than 800 other events are planned across the United States and in cities overseas Saturday, including London, Madrid, Paris, Tokyo and Seoul, according to the march website.

Dorantes says he's lost 20 young people in his parish in the last two years to gun violence, and is exhausted of burying the next generation and hopes this is a turning point for both Chicago and the country.

We stand with all students, parents, co-workers, neighbors and loved ones who have been touched by gun violence in saying 'no more.' In many communities across the USA, gun violence is a daily occurrence.

Emiya Fanaeiau is also pushing for an end to gun violence. "The voters are coming".

"They are going to go on to be great activists for their community", Woodhouse said.

Together, they sang along to Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande, shed tears during a chorus of "Happy Birthday" to a Parkland victim and chanted "Enough is enough!" as one of the movement's leaders, Emma Gonzalez, stood silently on the stage.

In recent weeks, two Excel Academy students have been shot.

"From the time we were born we shared everything".

"You go to school and you're expecting to be safe in that building", James said.

Because numerous demonstrators were children, authorities in the nation's capital said they were taking extra security precautions. In Bloomington, protesters gathered outside the Monroe County Courthouse. The money is covering expenses associated with the D.C. march, but will also be used to lobby for gun safety legislation.

"As nurses dedicated to healing and alleviating human suffering", said Ross, "the focus must begin with prevention, and the urgency of stopping gun violence before it occurs".

"We need real change in regard to the gun laws in this country", says Jamie Saunders, age 20.

The congresswoman, who led a 2016 sit-in demonstration that sought to force Congressional action on gun control measures after a mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, told The Republican that she's "so heartened" to see students shaping the debate on firearms.

"We are here because we know we can make a change".

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Early on, the pro-gun group were involved in organizing the march with students, but parted ways.

Former president Barack Obama said on Twitter that he and his wife Michelle were inspired by all the young people who made the marches happen. One other boy was injured in the gunfire.

Before the march, a choir made up of students from various schools in the region performed on stage at Coolidge Park. "Get back in class", Mefferd said.

The day I graduated from West Point, I took an oath to protect our Constitution and the Second Amendment. This was the first time they took part in a political protest.

Organizers had hoped for a crowd of half a million in Washington.

"We have safety, we have police", Reese said.

Around 40 people bundled up in coats and warm sweaters marched from the Danville Community Market up to the Municipal Building on a chilly Saturday morning.

Trump is at his Florida home for the weekend.

As momentum for the trip to D.C. built, Dorantes reached out to another local priest, Pfleger, who has been a long-time advocate for racial justice.

The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. and start at the Sprint Pavilion by the Downtown Mall.

They can't buy a beer or rent a auto and most aren't even old enough to vote, yet the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., have spearheaded what could become one of the largest marches in history.

Lilly Pribish, a 17-year-old high school junior from outside of St. Louis, plans to attend the march by herself and stay with family in the D.C. area.

By mid-afternoon Saturday the rallies had proceeded peacefully, with small and scattered counter-protests by opponents of stricter gun control.

"I think as long as we continue to spread awareness we can reach out and encourage more kids to join that". If you run over someone with a auto, they don't blame the vehicle.

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