In case you are unfamiliar with March For Our Lives, it is an outcry of the brave student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida. On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets across the country to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.
This is not a partisan issue; every parent wants their child to be safe at school. This April will mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. In spite of the horror we saw in Columbine, these tragedies continue and are almost too many to count. They are unfortunate proof that whatever we’ve been doing as a nation to address this is not working.
In addition to the main march in Washington D.C., there are over 600 sibling marches across the U.S. In Riverside, CA, we are expecting 5,000 marchers (based on Event Brite registrations). There are numerous expenses associated with planning a march like this. The street closures alone (which include an official traffic plan and hiring a traffic management company to erect and remove barricades) is a minumumof $5,000. We also need to rent sound system equipment, print posters and banners, and pay for both city and county permits.
March For Our Lives Riverside is asking for your help. Any amount you can spare will help us reach our goal and give our students the voice and platform to make their impassioned plea: We must address this issue pro-actively and this must stop. In the land of the free and home of the brave, children should be safe at school.
To verify that this is a genuine event, please visit our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/175392049907902/
After the march, I will post an itemized list of exactly how the money was spent. Any funds raised beyond what we need will be donated to the March For Our Lives organization.
- Jennifer Mumford
- Katie Skrove
- Torrey Samson
- Sharon Duffy
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