UPDATE: Starting at noon on Saturday (3/24), watch a livestream of the Washington DC March and rally below.
Five high school students who survived the horrific school shooting on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL called for a march on Washington DC to call for stricter gun control. Called March for Our Lives, it happens on Saturday (3/24), and its mission statement reads:
March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.
On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard.
School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.
"Sibling marches" to the Washington DC march are also happening in over 800 cities worldwide on Saturday, including NYC. The rally and speakers for the NYC edition begin at 11 AM, with a recommended entrance time of 10 AM. The march itself begins at noon. Entrance to the staging area is at Central Park West and W 72nd St, and the march route goes south along Central Park West, across Central Park South to 6th Ave, and south on 6th Ave with dispersal at 43rd St. Register here.
Hiss Golden Messenger and Spacebomb Records have teamed up to release a benefit track to support the march. Proceeds from "Passing Clouds," which is available as a digital two-track single or 7" vinyl (both of which include a dub remix of the track) go to Everytown for Gun Safety, a movement of Americans working to end gun violence. Listen to "Passing Clouds" below, and purchase the digital single or preorder the vinyl here.