Metro Atlanta students plan to march next month in Atlanta as part of a national protest against gun violence.
The March 24 “March for Our Lives” will take place in Washington, Atlanta and in cities across the country. It is spearheaded by Parkland, Fla. students who survived the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting, and the march has received national attention and celebrity donations from George and Amal Clooney and Oprah.
In Atlanta, students are getting help from the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice, the group that originated from the Atlanta Women’s March in 2017. The organization is acting as the “fiscal sponsor” for the event and on Monday opened an online store to sell merchandise and raise money for the march. Organizers are still working out the logistics and time of the event, and several thousands have indicated on the event’s Facebook page that they plan to attend.
Meanwhile, students in more than two dozen metro schools plan to walk out of class or hold other demonstrations March 14 as another way to call for gun law reform. Some local school districts, including Atlanta and Gwinnett, have asked students to coordinate their demonstrations with principals. Read about those walkouts here.
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Students across the country are planning walkout protests over gun laws. Organizers said students are often victims of gun violence and want change. March 14 is the planned date for the first event.