In the aftermath of the devastating mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, youth activists worldwide are demonstrating today to demand an end to gun violence in our schools and communities.
Since the February shooting, which claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty, survivors from the Parkland, Florida, school have galvanized a nationwide movement calling for gun reform. These students, including out activist Emma González, are leading the charge at the cornerstone March For Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C.
An estimated 500,000 protesters have flooded Pennsylvania Avenue stretching from the main stage near the Capitol building to the White House.
Gays Against Guns, formed in the wake of the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, are among those making themselves seen and heard at the rallies. GAG aims to draw attention to the NRA’s stranglehold on Congress, often with “die-ins,” puppet effigies, and figures shrouded in white to represent those killed by gun violence. As one might expect, they also give good slogans like “NRA, Sashay Away!”
MTV, in partnership with NAACP Youth and College Division and local youth organizations, provided 17 buses to transport young people to the D.C. march from communities around the country affected by gun violence. The 17 buses represent the lives lost in the Parkland shooting and the more than 17 young lives lost to gun violence every day.
Celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Yara Shahidi, Nick Cannon, Carmelo Anthony, Pusha T, Halsey, and Chloe x Halle have joined forces with MTV and NAACP to offer public support and encouragement to those participating in the D.C. march.
“Once again young people are at the forefront of driving change,” said MTV president Chris McCarthy in a statement, “and MTV is proud to amplify this youth-led activism.”
MTV and all Viacom networks, including Logo, went dark March 14 for 17 minutes in tandem with the National School Walkout to honor the 17 lives lost in the Parkland shooting and other young victims of gun violence. MTV used the opportunity to celebrate 17 young people leading the fight against gun violence across the country and is currently creating a documentary special about the crusade.
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See more photos of GAG at March For Our Lives rallies below.
Watch the D.C. March For Our Lives performances and protester speeches in the video below.