Crowds of people, estimated in the thousands, gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, joining thousands of others marching in Washington DC and across the country for tougher gun laws, after a series of gruesome mass shootings in the United States.
Motivated by this new wave of mass shootings, from Uvalde, Texas, to Buffalo, New York, protesters say lawmakers must take notice of shifts in public opinion and finally pass sweeping reforms.
The LA rally took place in Grand Park in front of City Hall from noon to 3 p.m.
The rally began around noon, with the actual march taking place around 12:30 p.m. in the surface streets around Los Angeles City Hall.
The memorial speeches began around 2:15 p.m. and the event ended at 3 p.m.
A number of speakers were scheduled to speak at the event, many of whom were affected in some way by gun violence. Among them were:
- Joseline Garcia, co-founder of Un-PAC, a national organization focused on achieving democratic reform. She “also serves as the director of the national Un-PAC organization where she works with young people across the country to make our democracy truly representative,” according to a statement about the rally.
- santiago mayerthe executive director of Voters Of Tomorrow, a youth voting organization created by Santiago in December 2019. He also “co-founded the Prom At The Polls campaign, a non-partisan initiative to energize new voters who have lost their prom promo senior. due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement said.
- Hassan Picker “is the pioneer of pop culture and lifestyle content on Twitch, where he is one of the top creators on the platform,” the statement read.
- Mia Tretta is a 17-year-old injured survivor of gun violence in the 2019 Saugus High School shooting. She “has since dedicated her life to advocating for tougher gun laws and safety rules” , according to the press release. “She volunteers with Everytown For Gun Safety as a leader of Students Demand Action and often works with numerous lawmakers on a nationwide ban on ghost guns.”
- Dr Jeffrey Birnbaum is a pediatric emergency physician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “He completed his medical training in Atlanta, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee, where he developed first-hand experience treating children and young adults injured by firearms,” the statement said. . He is also an alumnus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where the Parkland shooting took place.
- C Heis (they/they) is a 17-year-old trans and disabled animator. They helped coordinate accessibility for Saturday’s Walk For Our Lives in Los Angeles.
- Cameron Kasky is a survivor of the 2018 school shooting of Marjory Stoneman Douglass in Parkland, Florida. “As a survivor, Cameron works as a gun control activist who co-founded Never Again MSD in addition to helping to organize March For Our Lives in 2018,” the statement read.
March organizers asked participants in marches across the country to bring signs, but not picket signs, as well as their own water, sunscreen, hats and snacks.
They also asked protesters not to block sidewalks or access to buildings and to stay off the streets unless they have a permit to march there.
Participants in Los Angeles join about 450 other marches planned across the country, according to organizers, including more marches in these Southern California locations:
- Long Beach California 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Harvey Milk Park is located at 185 East 3rd Street
- Santa Monica California 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Aero Theater is located at 1328 Montana Avenue
- Westwood California at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The UCLA Bruin Bear Statue is located between the Ackerman Student Union and the John Wooden Sports and Recreation Center in Westwood Plaza.
- Pasadena California 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Pasadena City College is located at 1570 E Colorado Blvd
- Culver City California at 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Veterans Park is located at 4117 Overland Avenue
- Manhattan Beach California at 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Manhattan Beach Pier is located at 2 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
- La Canada Flintridge California at 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Memorial Park is located at 1301 Foothill Blvd, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
- Santa Clarita California at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., at Valencia and Magic Mountain Parkway
- A series of protests from the San Fernando Valley March for Our Lives in Encino, Calif., from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Ventura Boulevard and Hayvenhurst
- Burbank CA at 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Chandler Bike Path near Chandler & Mariposa
- Westlake Village California 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at The Promenade at 100 Promenade Way
- Palmdale California from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Rancho Vista Blvd & 10th St West at 39605 10th St West
- A series of Orange County March for Our Lives protests in Laguna Beach, CA from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Main Beach is located on Pacific Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road at 107 S. Coast Highway .
- San Clemente California 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The San Clemente Library is located at 243 Avenida Del Mar
- Anaheim CA from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pearson Park is located at 400 N Harbor Blvd
- Santa Ana, CA from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Centennial Park is located at 3000 West Edinger Avenue.
- Fullerton California 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Hillcrest Park is located at 1200 North Harbor Blvd