March For Our Lives: What is it and what’s happening in Utah?
“We can’t ignore the issues that this tragedy raises. I’m asking – no, demanding that we take action now!” – Cameron Kasky, 17-year-old survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
After the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School high school in Parkland Florida
on February 14th, 2018 in which 17 students and teachers lost their lives, a renewed national conversation
on gun violence and school safety has been sparked by the activism of student survivors. These student
survivors of the Parkland mass shooting managed to turn their grief into public activism and advocacy
that has inspired a new political movement.
A national March For Our Lives rally, planned by student survivors of the Parkland, Fla., shooting will be
held on Saturday March 24 at noon along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. The organizers’
stated purpose of the march is to put pressure on Congress to pass stricter gun control legislation.
Student organizers’ stated demands include that “their lives and safety become a priority, and that we end
gun violence in our schools and communities.”
More than 700 “sibling marches” are also being planned around the world that day. Local student groups
in Utah decided to add their voices to this national movement and have organized their own sibling March
For Our Lives for Salt Lake City. Additional events are scheduled that are meant to serve as both
memorials and to urge significant policy changes regarding guns and school safety from local and
national lawmakers including a national school walk out and a day of action against gun violence.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, many Utah school districts are accommodating the demonstrations.
In many cases, officials have designated areas on campus to host the events, and students have been
reassured they will not face academic consequences for leaving class to participate.
For more information on students’ legal rights to participate in a protest or take part in a school walk out,
please refer to this guide.
Three Days of Action in Utah!
March 14th: National School Walkout – A national school walk out is set to occur on Wednesday March 14th, 2018 at 10:00am local time for 17 minutes to mark the 17 victims of the mass shooting in Parkland Florida. This nationwide protest is both a memorial and protest action. Students and teachers across the United States will walk out of their schools and universities to honor the lives of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and to press lawmakers to pass stricter gun control laws, according to EMPOWER, the group organizing the action. Find more information about the walkout here.
March 24th: The March For Our Lives – Salt Lake City, Saturday March 24th , 2018.
In coordination with the national March in Washington D.C. and “sibling” events held across the nation in multiple cities, the March for Our Lives SLC will be held from 11:00am-1:00pm. The student organizers of the event have asked supporters to assemble at West High School at 11am then proceed to March to the Capital at 11:30am. For more information please contact: marchforourlivesslc.com
April 20th: Day of Action – The Network for Public Education has called for another observance to take place on Friday April 20th, 2018 on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School mass shooting. The organization is calling for people to take their own action to bring attention to school safety on this “National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools.”