Opinion

March For Our Lives

Written by Christine Gill

By Scout Stackhouse and Mary Antrim

March 24, 2018. Exactly one month and ten days since the fatal shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Milwaukee County Courthouse; people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs urging for the change they wanted to see.

The Milwaukee chapter of March for Our Lives on Saturday morning proved to be a huge success, as speakers, musicians, and politicians rallied alongside everyday citizens to march in honor of those who have been affected by gun violence and to campaign for change. However, this event was different than any other march in history, as students led the entire event. From the speeches to the parade of people braving the cold and marching toward City Hall, middle school, high school, and college students stood at the forefront, making themselves heard. Students from high schools and colleges in the Milwaukee area began the event with speeches and words of encouragement.

The march was historic as more than 800 cities across the country held their own, and other cities across the world showed their solidarity by doing the same. The march transcended issues of political parties, religious ideals, or class. It was a rally of people who are passionate about enacting change and protecting the lives of students who don’t feel safe in their schools.

Following the March for Our Lives, a group of students traveled from Milwaukee to Madison, where they marched fifty miles more—all the way to Janesville. These students protested for gun control in Paul Ryan’s hometown with the hopes that their voices would be heard. This rally was impactful, as the students expressed the need for change.
The rally following the 50 Miles More March was powerful. Students from Craig High School, Milwaukee Rufus King High School, and many more. These students passionately spoke on the need for gun reforms, while many made it clear that they are not asking for a gun ban, but a change.
Students have also started a social media trend with #neveragain and #endgunviolence. With these hashtags, the movement has become more powerful and has spread throughout the world.

About the author

Christine Gill