March For Our Lives
Yesterday was the March For Our Lives rally all across the country. My cousins and I went to the march in Chicago at Union Park. We made signs and were all very nervous to go and be in a huge group setting but we realized our fear is the reason we need to go and show our support.
It was an extremely beautiful event. It is definitely one of the coolest things I've ever been a part of. Words cannot describe the feeling of being involved with such a powerful movement, and one whose message is so pure and honest.
We were surrounded by so many other friendly people. The support that we received just walking around was so special and so moving. As we walked around, some police officers told us "get it done!" and things of that nature which was so cool to see. We stopped in a store en route to use the restroom before our march, and the guy there (in his 30s or so) was like if I didn't have to work I would so be out there with you. The encouragement meant so much to us.
The most moving part of the rally wasn't the speeches. It wasn't the poems. And it wasn't seeing the awesome powerful signs people made. It was the fact that there were so many people of different ages, ethnicities all coming together to support this student-led and organized movement.
Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy were spotted in the New York City rally, wearing the same Everytown shirt I was wearing. He made a comment saying, "well one of my best friends was killed by gun violence right around here, so this means a lot to me." Obviously he's talking about John being gunned down in 1980.
There was no hate or any counter-protesters that I saw besides one guy. He was yelling at everyone saying, "you should be out here doing this everyday!"
The police presence was encouraging as well. It was truly a peaceful rally and such an important time in U.S. history that I'm happy to support.
Take a look at just some of the powerful student speeches below.
I feel so hopeful and inspired after yesterday. Coming together let's us see that we are a huge community wanting the same end goal and gun violence can end. I feel that things will change and that's a great feeling.
I don't want to be scared to go to a mall, movie theater or concert anymore. I don't want to. But that is the fear that drives my support of Everytown and March For Our Lives.