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Students to march against gun violence Saturday

Marchers will cross Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan

May 31, 2018 By Gordon Walker Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan

In honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Saturday, hundreds of students will march across the Brooklyn Bridge to Foley Square in Manhattan, and at 2 p.m. student speakers will have the chance to voice their concerns about gun violence.

The march will focus on the inadequate press attention that is given to students of color, many of whom walked out of class on March 14 to honor the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting, according to amNew York. Ramon Contreras, a public school student who founded the movement Youth Over Guns, is calling for more discussion about gun violence in communities of color, which Contreras believes were put in the background during the aftermath of the Florida school shooting.  Although the marchers will remember the victims of school shootings across the country, they also intend to decry gun violence that occurs beyond school campuses in black and brown communities. The youth-led organization has also partnered with established anti-gun violence institutions, such as Everytown for Gun Safety and March for Our Lives NYC.

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