March For Our Lives sibling rally planned for Stamford

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Hundreds of sibling marches are planned across the country, including in Stamford, in solidarity with the national March For Our Lives rally for gun control this Saturday.

The March for Our Lives movement kicked off following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people last month. Since then, a wave of student activism and community partnerships have spread across the nation.

Alyssa Goldberg, of Fairfield County, is a junior at Westhill High School who is organizing a sibling rally in Stamford.

“I think that local activism is just as important as large-scale activism,” she says.

Goldberg says that there will be a variety of speakers and performers all joining in on the conversation about gun violence, school safety and lockdowns.

“Every time a tragedy like this occurs, we bring attention to it and then it fades away,” she says. “And I think after this time, we need to say ‘enough is enough’ and that we're not just going to sit by and wait for another tragedy to strike before we do something.”

Stamford’s chapter of the Moms Demand Action group is one of several community groups partnering with students for the event.

“They have been affected so profoundly,” says member Kristin O’Neill Hermes. “They have to go to school in fear for their lives, so we want to give them the opportunity to have their voices heard.”

Those who come are encouraged to create signs and bring photos of loved ones lost to gun violence.

March For Our Lives in Stamford is being held at Mill River Park from noon through 2 p.m. Saturday. 

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