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March for Our Lives marches – again
Thursday, June 9, 2022 by Jo Clifton
March for Our Lives, a national grassroots organization committed to ending gun violence, will be marching once again. According to a news release, Central Texas teenagers are coordinating March for Our Lives Austin, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday on the south steps of the Texas Capitol building. The group is working in partnership with the Austin Justice Coalition, Community Justice Action Fund, and Texas Gun Sense. Participants will call on policymakers as well as communities and individuals to work for tangible solutions to prevent gun deaths. March for Our Lives started in Parkland, Florida, following the February 2018 massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The Austin rally is just one of dozens expected across the country, including at the U.S. Capitol building.
Ironically perhaps, June is Gun Violence Awareness Month. Mayor Pro Tem Alison Alter is inviting the press to City Hall at 5:30 p.m. today as she makes a proclamation regarding gun violence. Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon, along with representatives from Moms Demand Action, Texas Gun Sense, Austin’s Office of Violence Prevention, APD’s Victim Services, Community Justice Action Fund, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, Lock Arms for Life, and others are expected to attend.
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