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Stamford students to lead March For Our Lives at Mill River Park

March 20, 2018 GMT

STAMFORD — Local students are leading the Stamford March For Our Lives on Saturday in Mill River Park.

The march, the only one of its kind in Fairfield County, is one of 760 similar events across the country designed to call on lawmakers to pass “common-sense gun safety legislation,” according to a release from The Enough Campaign, which was started following the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown.

The campaign’s purpose “is to motivate people in great numbers to challenge the current gun laws and to keep the common sense gun law conversation alive,” according to the group’s website.

Local students and leaders will be speaking and performing on the topic of gun violence, school safety, lockdowns and anxiety surrounding active shooters. Students from Westhill High School, AITE, Stamford High School and Rippowam Middle School will lead the march, along with students from neighboring towns including Greenwich. Students will be sharing speeches, poems and music and hope to create a memorial for the event. The students will be introduced by community leaders, including Mayor David Martin.

The rally is student-led, but open for anyone in community concerned about gun violence. Attendees are encouraged to bring handmade signs and photos of loved ones lost to gun violence.

The March For Our Lives movement kicked off following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 14, where 17 people were killed.

“When a tragedy like Parkland strikes, it brings everyone’s attention to the issue at hand,” said Stamford student and march organizer Alyssa Goldberg. “Usually the anger fades, but this time, we’re not going to let it be pushed to the side. I hope that through both local and large scale activism, we can achieve the changes in gun violence and gun control we wish to see.”

Goldberg is also a member of SUPER, a multi-school, student-led organization seeking to represent student ideas on the issue of school safety. Moms Demand Action in Stamford, Everytown Survivor Network, Women on Watch, Connecticut Against Gun Violence and the Stamford-based ENOUGH Campaign are partnering with SUPER for the event.

“Our kids are tired of being a part of the lockdown generation and are demanding to be heard,” said Shira Tarantino, ENOUGH board member. “More than one half million people have been killed or injured by guns since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Our youth has been deeply affected by this ongoing epidemic of gun violence, whether it’s school shootings, domestic violence, suicide, or negligence. The kids who are leading us in this march are incredibly inspiring, and they are the key to a future free from gun violence.”

For more information and to RSVP, please visit MarchForOurLives.com .

erin.kayata@stamfordadvocate.com; @erin_kayata; (203) 964-2258