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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

St. Louis Students Organize 'March for Our Lives' on March 24

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 10:11 AM

click to enlarge An anti-gun march will traverse downtown from Union Station to the Arch. - FLICKR/JASON MRACHINA
  • An anti-gun march will traverse downtown from Union Station to the Arch.
Students seeking to force action on school shootings have organized a St. Louis "March for Our Lives" through downtown, set for March 24.

A press release from the organizers said that about 40 volunteers met on Saturday to plan the march. Students from around the metro area were involved with the planning.

The efforts follow the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, which left seventeen dead and galvanized students across the nation. Last week, about 80 students walked out of Clayton High School; other walk-outs are planned in other schools in the coming weeks.

The march, which just announced its plans, already has more than 10,000 people interested in attending. It's designed as a local companion march to one in Washington, D.C., which aims to draw 500,000.

The students are asking anyone who's interested in joining them to meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, at Union Station (Market Street). From there, they'll march to the Arch.

According to the organizers, "Though prompted by the most recent school shooting at Stoneman Douglas, the March For Our Lives is about more than the lives of students. Rather, this movement is about all lives impacted by gun violence. This movement is for every life lost — in places of worship, workplaces, shopping malls, and in our neighborhoods. Everywhere and anywhere. Therefore, we are marching to demand 'that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues.'”

For more information, see the march's Facebook page or follow its efforts on Instagram and Twitter.

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