Tens of thousands protest mass shootings in New York, Michigan, Boston and the southern United States
27 March 2018
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) mobilized campaign teams throughout the United States on Saturday to participate and campaign in the March for Our Lives rallies.
IYSSE campaigners were present in a significant number of the more than 800 demonstrations held throughout the United States, from the larger protests in Washington, D.C. and other major cities such as New York City and Los Angeles, to protests in smaller cities in upstate New York and Michigan. IYSSE campaigners were also present at demonstrations throughout the American South.
Below is a selection of interviews with demonstrators throughout the country:
New York City
Between 150,000 and 200,000 people demonstrated at the march in New York City. Aside from the main demonstration in Washington, D.C., this was by far the largest protest in the country on Saturday.
Briana, a high school student from Queens, felt compelled to march and search for political solutions. “I don’t usually put my mind into politics like that, I try to keep a positive mindset, but after all this happened that’s when I started getting more into it.
“The days are just getting worse and worse, and a lot of our generation are very open-minded, so if we could just keep it up and keep protesting, we could be the next generation that changes everything. I just want to be peaceful, I don’t want to go to school worried that something could happen to me, and I don’t want other people to be worried either. School’s supposed to be somewhere you think about your future, I don’t want to think about what’s going to happen if… am I going to die today? As dramatic as it…