On February 14, a 19-year-old boy opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Wielding an AR-15 rifle, he slaughtered 17 students and faculty members before dismissal, making this the deadliest school shooting in the United States since Sandy Hook. His gun was an early make of the same model of weaponry that killed 50, and injured another 53 in 2016’s Pulse nightclub massacre. Both weapons were purchased legally.
The Parkland, Florida survivors, most of whom are too young to see an R-rated film in a theater unaccompanied, to vote, or to buy a lottery ticket, are old enough to create a mass movement. The March for Our Lives will kick off March 24 in Washington, DC, where thousands are expected to take to the streets and demand stricter gun control legislation.
The call has reverberated throughout the country. More than 700 satellite marches have been organized in support of the cause -- including one in New York City.
“After the DC march was announced, I created a Facebook group for an NYC extension of the movement and everything sort of coalesced around that,” Alex Clavering, the 26-year-old student organizer of New York’s March for Our Lives tells Thrillist. “Normally, social media feels like a way for people to avoid taking real action. But within 24 hours we had 1,500 attendees. All of a sudden, I was planning something gigantic.”
Here is everything you need to know to take action and join the movement on March 24 in NYC.