"March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to stop the epidemic of mass shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the 17 lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now."
On March 24, many will make the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. Many will march in locally organized "sister" marches, including one in Boston.
Episcopalians participating in the Boston March for Our Lives will have several opportunities to come together and follow Jesus in peaceful action:
- The B-PEACE for Jorge Campaign and Episcopal City Mission (ECM) will gather marchers beginning at 10:00am at UU Urban Ministry building, 8 John Elliott Sq. in Roxbury (parking available). This group will join the main march beginning at Madison Park High School at 11:00 AM. For more information contact Sarah O’Connor at (508) 463-7363.
- The Cathedral Church of St. Paul and the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry will be offering hospitality throughout the day at the Cathedral (138 Tremont Street, on Boston Common), from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM—a place to rest, refresh, reflect, and convene before the march reaches the Boston Common as well as during the rally, scheduled to begin at 2:00 PM. There will be post card writing focused on those who have the power to impact legislation and gun sales. For more information contact Natalie Finstad (832) 454-6631 or H. Mark Smith (617) 482-5000.
At each of these locations, people will be able to participate in social media and advocacy actions to reinforce that the overabundance of guns in our streets and schools is an intolerable epidemic of danger and trauma (#NotinOurSchoolsAndNotInOurStreets); that gun manufacturers such as Massachusetts-based Smith & Wesson need to be a part of the solution to this epidemic (#MeetWithStudents); and that Massachusetts needs to pass the Extreme Risk Protection Order legislation (#PassERPO).
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