On March 24th, students, parents, teachers, and concerned citizens will join together to remember those who have been murdered by senseless gun violence. We will not just remember, but we will assemble to make a stand that we will not let gun violence continue in America.
Thank you to everyone interested in our March at the State Capitol, the itinerary is as follows:
10am to 10:30am - Begin our March from the Hall of Justice to the Capitol East Lawn - See march route for route details and parking availability.
10:30 to 10:50am :- memorial to past victims of mass violence, starting with a school shooting that occurred on 3/24/1998, 20 years to the date of our march. Father Michael Ryan from South Haven will provide a few words of comfort and then we will have a young teen read his original poem. We will then have a musical ensemble to honor the victims;
10:50am to Noon - Speakers. We are still finalizing details for one other speaker and we are confirmed with the following speakers:
Renowned Artist Joel Schoon Tanis - we have him slated to speak first. He is working with the Lansing Art Gallery to create a painting and will be finishing it live during the event. There will be an opportunity for attendees at the rally to be a part of his art and it will then be on display at the art gallery.
Senator Hopgood - a Michigan Senator who focuses on putting education first in our state.
Representative Cochran - a Michigan Representative that has worked closely with other legislators on Red Flag Legislation.
Kelly Zetting - School psychologist who will speak on the subjects of mental illness and the types of legislation we need to create a framework for safe schools; how we need to focus on evidence based ways to stop school violence; Senate Bill 584 potential impact on safety; the and the National Association of School Psychologists opinion of concern presented with arming teachers.
A 12 year old girl that was in the Mandalay Bay Hotel during the Las Vegas shooting and had to witness the aftermath of that tragedy.
Adele Colson - A high school junior from Holt High School who has been involved in a national board fighting for gun violence. She was in Washington DC lobbying just two days before the tragedy in Parkland, Florida.
Here is a link to our march route: