Friday, March 23, 2018

The March for Our Lives is on Saturday ...

and the local sundry shop is offering sign-making tools front and center. Let's answer the call from students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and turn out against gun violence.

National information is here.

Just about every Bay Area town has its own march or rally. List of events here.

Local organizers are newbies to rallying and seem to be doing a decent job of learning the nuts and bolts of big coalition events.

Come Saturday, the event itself will keep young people “front and center,” [organizer Shoshana] Ungerleider said. Although adults are helping to organize the event, the grown-ups will be limited to supporting roles, she added.

“Every adult onstage is there to introduce a student,” Ungerleider said.

Those adults include a survivor of the 1999 Columbine school massacre and the father of one of the six people shot to death near UC Santa Barbara in 2014.

Let's hope there's also recognition that for too many black and brown young people, the gun violence danger comes from the cops as the Sacramento shooting of unarmed 22-year-old Stephon Clark demonstrates, yet again.

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