A commemorative exhibition and call to action, Parkland 17, by artist Evan Pestaina in Miami, Florida. Emma Gonzales Twitter photo

Victoria says #NeverAgain in solidarity with March For Our Lives

Youth Political Commons invites public to rally against gun violence March 24 at legislature

This Saturday, students and residents across the city will rally in the March For Our Lives, a show of solidarity with survivors and victims of gun violence.

The march, initiated by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High who survived a shooting Feb. 14 at their Parkland, Fla. school, has gained worldwide momentum and is expected to draw crowds similar to the Women’s March in January.

In Victoria, the Youth Political Commons – a group of concerned local high school students dedicated to engaging youth in political discussion – is spearheading the rally March 24, due to start at 1 p.m. at the legislature.

Founder and co-president of the YPC, Magritte Gordaneer, said the goal is to make sure no more lives are lost to gun violence in the U.S., or anywhere else.

“This is a show of support for students like us, and educators who must go to work in a climate of fear and violence,” she said.

Also Saturday, a student-led demonstration will take to the streets of Washington, D.C. in a stand against what they call the inaction of politicians and lawmakers to end the epidemic of mass school shootings. Part of the #NeverAgain campaign, sister marches are planned in cities across North America.

“Politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns,” it reads on the event’s website. “March For Our Lives believes the time is now.”

On Feb. 14, when students fled an active shooter in the halls of their Parkland high school, it was already the eighth school shooting in the first month and a half of 2018. Since then, at least nine more have occurred; on average, a shooting takes place every week and a half in America.

“We care about the students who fear for their lives when they go to school,” said Gordaneer, who with the Youth Political Commons will welcome speakers and guests including the Raging Grannies.

For more information, visit MarchForOurLives.com or the March For Our Lives – Victoria BC Facebook page.

kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com

Just Posted

28 years later: Dunahee disappearance remains largest investigation in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

Saanich could become the new home of the world’s largest gnome

Galey Farms could find out Tuesday whether it will host the eight-metre-tall structure

Victoria Fire Department advises cigarette safety after two fires started in one week

Two separate fires caused by cigarette butts were avoidable

VicPD faces ‘significant pressure’ following Victoria’s 2019 budget decision

Chief Const. Del Manak says council continues to micromanage his department

Protective human chain forms around Victoria mosque for Friday prayer

Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

B.C. driver caught going 207 km/h on motorcycle along Okanagan Highway

A motorcyclist was caught by Kelowna RCMP going 207 km/h on Highway 97C

Motorcyclist dies after three-vehicle crash on old Island Highway

Accident happened at 12:15 p.m. Friday near Country Club Centre in Nanaimo

B.C. fire department offers tips to keep your home safe during wildfire season

With wildfire season getting closer, the Penticton Fire Dept. offer tips to keep your home safe

Most Read