FARGO - Another protest against gun violence is taking place here this weekend in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
March For Our Lives this Saturday, March 24, in Washington, D.C., has sparked more than 800 other marches around the globe planned for that day, including here in Fargo-Moorhead.
The demonstration was initially organized by students surviving the mass Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. National organizations, celebrities, legislators and students across the country have rallied in support. Here, the march is being organized by the local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a non-partisan organization demanding common sense solutions to end gun violence.
The organization supports the Second Amendment while advocating for closing loopholes in the background check system, creating laws addressing gun trafficking and fraudulent purchases and promoting gun safety.
Similar goals were shared March 14 - exactly one month after the Parkland shooting - when thousands of students nationwide participated in Enough: National School Walkout. The protest organized by the Women's March called on communities to take 17 minutes out of their day to honor the 17 recent school shooting victims.
Hundreds of F-M area students dressed in orange, a color associated with the movement, took part in the walkout in a show of support for school safety.
Now, 10 days later, folks from Fargo-Moorhead are rallying for action.
The local March For Our Lives is scheduled to start Saturday at The Sanctuary Events Center, 670 4th Ave. N. Doors will open at noon for those interested in creating posters followed by a rally at 1 p.m. A slate of speakers will be featured, including Rep. Karla Hanson, D-Fargo, educators and Fargo-Moorhead students, before a short march through downtown Fargo.
Local organizers said the goal of the event is to influence legislators and voters to demand reform aimed at reducing gun violence in school and communities.
Students in Bismarck have also organized a March For Our Lives event taking place 1 p.m. Saturday at the North Dakota State Capitol.
More information on the Fargo march can be found on the Moms Demand Action - ND Facebook page.
'If You Go'
What: March For Our Lives
When: 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24
Where: Sanctuary Events Center, 670 4th Ave. N., Fargo