Alex Sharkey of NYC (L), Olivia Kruger of NYC, and Matthew Nolan of DC (R), college students attending the University of Pittsburgh are seen listening to speakers at the March for Our Lives Rally on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. I asked them each why they came to the rally. This is what they shared:
Alex: “I’m here to show my support, make a change, show that the people want change and that there needs to be something done.”
Olivia: “It’s just been too long and I don’t know… I can’t turn on the news anymore….” trailing off as she became emotional.
Matthew: “I think people like to advertise these shootings as a new thing. And thoughts and prayers go out but it’s not new. It’s something that our generation has been defined as. We’re freshman in college. We’re all 18 years old. This has been a constant thing in our lives, and it’s just something that needs to stop. I want to do whatever I can as an 18 year old… I mean these high school students down in Florida are doing amazing things. And I want to be doing stuff like that. That’s why I’m here, you know. I have to do something to make myself feel like I’m alive, you know. It’s very difficult to sit back and watch and that’s why I’m here.”
March For Our Lives is a student-led movement to end gun violence in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Washington, DC to demand that peoples’ lives and safety become a priority and to put an end to gun violence in communities and schools immediately. Over 800 sibling marches took place across the U.S. and internationally.