The whole country came together March 24 to protest gun laws and school shootings across the U.S. and at the capitol. Chicago’s rally in Unity Park was bubbling with over 80,000 of young activism energy, families and students with high demands for gun reform and strong messages. “I don’t feel safe in my school,” “USA not NRA,” “Arms are for hugging: Protect children not guns” and “Never Again” painted on hands were some of the many highlights.
March for Our Lives Chicago was organized by a group of about 20 high school and college students from the city and suburbs and was just one of many marches organized by students within local communities. The movement was originated by survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., who, days after the Feb. 14 massacre in which 17 people were killed, announced big plans for a national March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.
Isabella Paredes, 17, from Plainfield South High School and an organizer with March for Our Lives Chicago, shared her reason for standing up to the gun madness in a press release before the march:
“Every day in Chicago, and across the country, children march for their lives: They march in their schools and youth centers, in their playgrounds and streets, and in their homes.
We are here today to implore you to march with them and for them on 24th of this month. For the past three weeks, students from neighborhoods across the Chicagoland area have worked together to ensure that you could march with them.”
Check out our photos from the march below by Erik Island!