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25 Mar 2018

Snapshot: Thousands Take to the Streets of Palm Springs for the “March for Our Lives”

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Palm Springs student/organizers Jack (holding microphone) and Gabrielle (standing front right in black jacket) read off the names and bios of victims of the Stoneman Douglas Feb. 14 massacre. Palm Springs student/organizers Jack (holding microphone) and Gabrielle (standing front right in black jacket) read off the names and bios of victims of the Stoneman Douglas Feb. 14 massacre. Kevin Fitzgerald

Around 10 a.m. this morning, a crowd—estimated by local Palm Springs Police Sgt. Mike Villegas—of “about 2,000 people” joined together to memorialize the lives and untimely deaths of students victimized by gun violence, including the 17 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students killed by a gunman on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Fla.

As the crowd stood in silence, high school students held aloft portraits of the slain Florida victims, as brief biographies were read for each of them. Then, as planned, the memorial transitioned into a demonstration march through Palm Springs, with at least 3,000 participants. After the front line of marchers stepped off from the corner of Farrell Drive and Baristo Road, it took a full 10 minutes for the entire line to pass that point.

The demonstrators—a mix of locals ranging from tiny toddlers (with parents in tow), to striding teenage students and supportive seniors--were upbeat and determined to have their voices heard as part of the national chorus of Americans calling for an end to gun violence of all types.

See a selection of photos from the march below.

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