As many as 100,000 marchers marched from Central Park West to Midtown on Saturday for Manhattan’s March for Our Lives rally in favor of gun control, organizers said.
“The adults failed us and now 17 people are dead,” Meghan Bonner, a student from Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., told the crowd from a stage at West 61st Street and Central Park West.
Bonner wept as she told the crowd about theFebruary 14 shooting at her school that has sparked a nationwide outcry from student activists.
“I want to see change,” Bonner said.
Organizers expect to draw hundreds of thousands of people to more than 800 rallies today across the country, with the largest in Washington, D.C.
In Washington D.C., protesters lined Pennsylvania Avenue from a stage near the Capitol to the White House, ten blocks away. The route of the march there will take activists past the Trump International Hotel.
Rallies also got underway in Boston, Houston, and Minneapolis. In Parkland, Fla., more than 20,000 people filled a park near Stoneham Douglas High. Media estimates said more than a million people participated nationwide.
In New York, advocates of all ages carried signs — “Our schools are not cemeteries,” “Are you ready to vote?” – as they jammed onto Upper West Side streets hemmed with metal barriers.