Ahead of the historic "March for Our Lives" demonstrations taking place nationwide on Saturday, student journalists from Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida-the site of a shooting last month that left 17 dead-published a manifesto in The Guardian on Friday declaring that they can no longer "stand idly by as the country continues to be infected by a plague of gun violence". District of Columbia officials have said they were preparing for a crowd of 500,000.
"Being Catholic, I believe that everyone has a right to life no matter who they are", Garcia said. "What's going to happen next?"
Reese is an Orem High student who is organizing the march with nine other students across the state.
Dorantes says he's lost 20 young people in his parish in the last two years to gun violence, and is exhausted of burying the next generation and hopes this is a turning point for both Chicago and the country.
Following the march will be a memorial for the victims of gun violence.
Students, parents and faculty will take to the Michigan Capitol on Saturday and march to remember those whose lives were lost to mass violence.
Organizers in Indianapolis will host a rally to protest school violence at the statehouse this weekend, and it coincides with a national march in Washington D.C. surrounding the same issue. Of the collaboration, Prabal explained to Teen Vogue, "We both felt the need to find a way to create a bigger conversation to drive change". Hilger, 15, remembers thinking.
The March for Our Lives will be a series of programs that will include musical performances and student speakers.
A rally is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.at People's Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
The gun violence on Baltimore's streets is personal for Hilger and other Poly students. "The mystery that we live-the liturgical mystery of Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection, we were actually living in our very own experience...this is a reality that our families have known the last few years".
"We have safety, we have police", Reese said.
"A majority of Americans (54 percent) say it is more important to control gun violence in the nation than to protect gun rights including 34 percent of gun owners".
Chartered buses will transport more than 200 students from Howard County in a mobilization effort spearheaded by a local student.
The goal, the students said, is to harness the support into actual voters, with their sights set on November's midterms.
They also emphasized their compliance with the law, and their issues with what is legal and what is not.
Driver-Moultrie said an undetermined number of Killeen students will speak at the march's end point.
"It's an honor and a privilege to represent Vegas out here", she said.
"This is a defining moment for the youth of our City and country", she said in a statement.