March 2018: Washington DC - March For Our Lives
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March for Our Lives was a student-led demonstration in support of tighter gun control that took place on March 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C., with over 800 sibling events throughout the United States and around the world.
The event followed the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. A school shooting that occurred in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018.
Seventeen people – fourteen students and three staff members – were fatally shot and seventeen others were wounded, making the shooting one of the deadliest school massacres.
Protesters urged for universal background checks on all gun sales, raising the federal age of gun ownership and possession to 21,closing of the gun show loophole, a restoration of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban, and a ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines in the United States and a ban on bump stocks.
Turnout was estimated to be between 1.2 to 2 million people in the United States, making it one of the largest protests in American history.
The kids made signs to carry at the protest with messages on both sides
Watching the news in our room the night before the march
Holly ordered shirts well in advance so we were suited up and ready that morning
On the train into DC ready to make history
Holly is stoked to protest!
Other kids on the train, ready to march.
Ready to disembark
Off the train and headed toward The Mall
We passed through one of the museums on the way
Because another group had reserved the mall, the march was actually held on Pennsylvania Avenue
Sasha and Anya's signs immediately attracted attention. These photographers got down in the dirt to get the perfect shot of them.
Moving across the mall toward Pennsylvania Avenue
Once we got to the other side, we joined the march
This essentially consisted of Pennsylvania Avenue filling up in the direction of the stage in the direction of the Capital
We moved with the crowd
It was very exciting as more and more people joined
There were 1000's of cool signs
A sea of signs!
Eventually the road began to fill
And the crowd stopped moving
We stepped over to the curb to get a slightly higher elevation
and position ourselves where we could see a couple of the jumbo-tron screens of the stage
We could see the stage (well I could) from where we stood
But the screens afforded a better view once the rally started
Helicopters taking all the cool footage of the crowd that we would see on the news over the following days
The crowd got thicker
At this point I just started snapping lots of pics of the signs as the streamed by
Crowd Video 1
Crowd Video 2
Sasha was super excited to be a part of it
Anya up on my shoulder looking pretty sincere
Eventually the crowds became overwhelming
This fence behind us worried Holly so she and Anya moved back to The Mall
One of the many Spongebob themed signs
Crowd Video 3
Sasha and I held our position
And the rally started. Andra Day performs with Cardinal Shehan School Choir.
Andra Day Video
Signs down so everyone could see
Common performs with Andra Day
Cameron Kasky, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, speaks
Delany Tarr, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, speaks
Demi Lovato performs
Alex Wind, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, speaks
Lin Manuel and Ben Platt duet!
Lin and Ben Video 1
Lin and Ben Video 2
Martin Luther King Junior's granddaughter Yolanda Renee King speaks to the crowd
Sam Fuentes, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, speaks
Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, speaks
Peace signs from tens of thousands during Emma's long moment of silence
Jennifer Hudson performs with the D.C. Choir
The rally ends
End of Rally Video
Signs back up!
The crowds begin to disperse
During the rally Holly and Anya had their own adventure over at The Mall
Anya Protest Video 1
Making more protest signs with a new friend
Watching as the people returned from the rally
Anya Protest Video 2
Riding the carousel
Carousel Video 1
Carousel video 2
Back over on Pennsylvania Ave, Sasha and Alan make their way to the stage
We wanted to get right up in front of it
We hung out on this wall for a while
Some groups assembled here, so we joined them for a while
Then moved toward the stage
Got a few good pics right down in front!
Sasha and her serious protest face
Some nice Trump stickers on a light pole. LOL.
Many of the protestors left their signs at this gate
In retrospect we should have too
There were some really good ones here
Sasha and the signs
Weird military vehicle stationed nearby
Rejoined with Holly and Anya
One more show of signage. Protest accomplished.
After protest lunch at a vegetarian food bowl place
Anya plays veggie foosball
Veggies vs. Humans
Sleepy protestors are down for the night.
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