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

and 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

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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

Emma Video

Peace signs from tens of thousands during Emma's long moment of silence

Jennifer Hudson performs with the D.C. Choir

Peace Video

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.  Protester.

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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