Saturday brings the March for Our Lives, a show of solidarity against the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our country. It's also a call to action for the implementation of common sense guns laws, and to thus hold the NRA, the politicians that support them, and the arms manufacturers and dealers accountable.
The main event, much like all the other marches that have been held since January 2017, will be held in Washington D.C. but the motto of the local event is this:
In Chicago We March for Our Lives Everyday.
Last year, 3,456 Chicago citizens were victims to gun violence, and a lot of that has to do with neighboring states having lax gun laws that lead to guns being brought into Illinois.
You may wonder why March for Our Lives Chicago is not being held in Grant Park.
Union Park was chosen for the rally because of several factors- size, accessibility, and because, according to organizers, it's a location that reflects the demographic intersectionality of the event and its cause.
Weather forecast: obviously this is highly subject to change, but it's pretty ugly right now. It's expected to be in the mid 30s, with moderately strong winds and about a 40% chance for precipitation. Ironically, the weather was much more pleasant for the Women's March, and that was in mid-January.
It's supposed to be very unseasonably cold on this "spring" (springtime being something that only exists here in theory, not in practice) day, so be sure to layer up and dress funky not junky.
Start Time is 11 AM, for more info and/or to register go to this link
Union Park is located at 1501 W Randolph St. and is accessible by bus (77, X9, 9, X49, 49, 66), CTA train (Ashland/Lake station pink or green line), car, or rideshare (Lyft will be offering free rides for attendees). For those coming on charter buses, there will be bus drop-off and bus parking at United Center nearby.
Details about the full march route, rally speakers, accessible accommodations, and parking will be announced soon the Facebook event page.
Want to donate to the cause? Go to this link
Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune corporation blogging community Chicago Now.
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