Supporting Organizations: March For Our Lives
The survivors of the Florida school shooting are organizing a march in DC for Saturday, March 24th. Friends Who March & The Brady Campaign are organizing a sister march in Downers Grove. We will gather at the Downers Grove North High School Main Street Parking Lot at 11am. The March will begin promptly at noon. We will march down Main Street to the Main Street Train Station. WE WILL NOT CROSS THE TRACKS. We ask for you to then either walk on the sidewalks back to your vehicle or arrange a pickup at the end location. We want student groups to take the baton as this is their march. They will lead the march & can organize marchers. This does not mean that adults can’t march as well. It is open to all. We are going to have an organizing meeting next week in Downers Grove for people who want to get involved. We will update this event when that is confirmed. We also need to deliver flyers to all the residents on the parade route to inform them of the street closures for that day. We will pass out those flyers at the organizing meeting. We would love to have a sign making party too before the event & would love for students to organize this. If you want to take charge of this please let us know. If your group would like to co-host or you would like to be involved please message the page or email FriendsWhoMarch@gmail.com. #Enough #MarchForOurLivesDG
The March for Our Lives movement has been a long time coming, and is the product of a nation that values objects more than human lives. The voices for the March for Our Lives are those of the generation that grew up with mass shootings.This is the sound of millions of voices across the country pleading for change- we say enough. End the violence. There has been more than enough blood, tears, and bullets- one school shooting is a school shooting too many. However, we cannot ignore the gun violence that people in the low income communities of Chicago witness in the streets, in their homes and in their classes every day. Most if not all of these tragedies are preventable. March for Our Lives Chicago holds the culprits of this plague of preventable gun violence accountable. We hold the NRA, the politicians that support them, and the arms manufacturers and dealers accountable. We also hold Illinois’ neighboring states accountable for having lax gun laws that lead to guns being brought into Illinois. Throughout this movement the voices of black and brown people have been widely ignored. With Chicago’s status as the seventh most racially diverse city in the nation, it is imperative we put a focus on intersectionality and raise these voices up. March for Our Lives Chicago includes the experiences of people of color, women, and LGBT individuals in our fight to make the streets safe for children again. In 2017, 3456 Chicago citizens were victims to gun violence. We cannot have one more.
We will start at Lincoln Elementary at 10:00 and march to Glenbard West High School – marking the loss of lives from the littlest in Sandy Hook to High Schoolers at Stoneman Douglas. We are joining with marches all over the country marching in our community to show solidarity for those lives effected and demand comprehensive gun reform- and that we- here in Glen Ellyn want a different world for all people but especially our young people. We will hear youth from both Glenbards speak- and we will lift our voices as we move our feet for change.
Join us to march against gun violence in our schools. We will be joined by a variety of lawmakers and progressive groups supportive of our cause. We hope to see you there!