From CBS 6:
“Richmond area schools, community organizations, faith communities and more will come together March 24 to stand in solidarity with the student-led National March For Our Lives event in Washington, DC,” March For Our Lives – RVA organizers posted on Facebook. “Too many of our city’s and our region’s children have been directly impacted by gun violence right here in Richmond.”
Saturday’s march is scheduled to start at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School on Mosby Street in Richmond at 10 a.m. Marchers will end at the Virginia State Capitol.
What you should know about the March for Our Lives
Survivors of last month’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, are preparing to take their fight for stricter gun control laws to Washington.
This week’s March for Our Lives is the culmination of a monthlong effort to honor the 17 students and faculty members killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and rally Americans across the United States to say enough to gun violence.
With momentum from the National School Walkout still going strong, students are demanding that their voices be heard.
What is it?
March for Our Lives is a demonstration created and organized by #NeverAgain, a group of students who survived the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group, is helping the students plan and coordinate the event.
After the shooting at Stoneman Douglas — the eighth mass school shooting this year — organizers are calling on lawmakers to address the issue of gun violence in American schools by implementing comprehensive gun control legislation.
According to a petition on the event’s website, March for Our Lives has three primary demands:
Pass a law to ban the assault weapons frequently used to carry out mass shootings
Stop the sale of high-capacity magazines, restricting the amount of ammunition
Close loopholes in America’s background checks and implement laws that require background checks on every gun purchase, including those that occur online or at gun shows
When is it?
The main march will take place in Washington on Saturday, March 24. It will kick off at noon, when participants gather on Pennsylvania Avenue, just blocks away from the Capitol.
Hundreds of sister marches are also taking place across the country and around the world.