The March for Our Lives is an international movement with plans to peacefully protest gun violence in schools in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February. Locally, groups have organized marches in metro Detroit in conjunction with the national movement on March 24.
“The Detroit March for Our Lives is an inclusive student-led march being organized by a coalition of very dedicated metro-Detroit high school students, with support from a large group of university students and adult allies,” reads the description for the Detroit event. The march will begin at the Rivard Plaza on Atwater Street at 11 a.m. and will continue along the river front, “in view of and only .5 miles from Canada,” details the description, “a country that has 51 times fewer gun deaths than the United States.”
The speakers at the Detroit event will include U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and State Representative Stephanie Chang. Representatives from Michigan groups attending the metro Detroit event include speakers from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Black Youth Project/Movement for Black Lives, Ceasefire Detroit, and more. In addition, there will also be student and youth speakers/emcees speaking at the event.
Other local marches will take place in Ann Arbor, Monroe, and Grosse Pointe. Driving services such as Lyft are providing free rides to the marches in support of the movement. Also, on March 31, Ferndale will be hosting its own march on 9 Mile Road in downtown Ferndale with speakers such as District 27 State Representative Robert Wittenberg.
Organizers for the March for Our Lives movement in Mount Pleasant are hoping to facilitate conversation around gun control and reform with all attendees, no matter their personal beliefs. “If Counter Protestors are present, we would like everyone to invite them to join our march, and then join us in conversation afterwards,” reads the description on the event’s Facebook page.
The March for Our Lives event will be taking place on March 24. For more information or to find a local march, visit marchforourlives.com.