March Against Violence - Corvallis Youth March to Support Their Peers Around the Country

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Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:00am to 10:15am
Join Host Dale Holiday as she talks with Corvallis High School student Grace Knutsen, organizer of the March for Our Lives Corvallis which took place on Saturday March 24, 2018.

March for Our Lives Corvallis was a gun violence protest that took place in Corvallis on Saturday March 24, 2018, along with over 800 demonstrations worldwide, including the focal march which took place in Washington DC.  These events were a call for an end to gun violence in response to the February 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead. (Along with the long list of past gun-related deaths that have occurred in our schools in recent history.

At least 3,500 and upwards of 4,000 people participated in the Corvallis event which featured nine speakers, legislative information booths, voter registration materials and a solidarity march.  The march brought out families and people of all ages, winding through the downtown.  The event was organized by Corvallis High School Junior Grace Knutsen, who with the help of other young leaders, and energized adults, made this assembly possible.

This movement will continue with a school walkout on Friday April 20, 2018 which is the 19-year anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado which left 12 students and 1 teacher dead, along with 21 people injured. 

The 2018 school walkout will provide educational, activism-based opportunities for students to identify and reach out to their legislators to generate positive change.  Voter registration will also be part of this campaign.