Protest March Over Gun Violence Could Draw 500K To Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC — Organizers of the "March for Our Lives" event planned for March 24 in Washington, D.C., are expecting half a million attendees, according to The Washington Post. The rally’s purpose is to force politicians, namely President Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Scott, both Florida Republicans, to take action on gun control.

The Post reported that while the organizers haven’t landed on a location yet, the event’s permit application included "student speakers, musical performers, guest speakers and video tributes." Student survivors of the Parkland, Florida, high school where 17 were killed last Wednesday are organizing the march.

They had initially planned to rally at the National Mall, but that would conflict with an existing film crew’s permit, according to Mike Litterst, spokesman for the National Park Service.

"We’ve had our first meeting with the organizers and for scheduling and logistics reasons they are now focusing on alternate locations for the event, including Pennsylvania Avenue and West Potomac Park," Litterst wrote in an email, according to The Post. He added: "It’s the start of a fairly long and complicated process."

"March For Our Lives is created 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," the permit application read, The Post reported. "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."


A GoFundMe page for the march has already raised over $2 million, with 26,337 donations as low as $5 at the time of this article’s publishing. Donors include Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey. Their fundraising goal is $2.5 million.

George Clooney and his wife, Amal, pledged half a million dollars.

The student organizers enlisted Deena Katz, co-executive producer of "Dancing With the Stars," to help plan the event. Katz filed the permit application.

There will also be marches in Houston, London, Philadelphia and more, according to the rally’s website and Facebook page.

Emma González, a Parkland student and survivor said in a video announcing the rally that the marchers are giving Trump, Rubio and Scott "the opportunity to be on the right side of this."

"If they don’t turn around right now and state their open support for this movement, they are going to be left behind," González said. "You are either with us or against us."

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