Youth rally focuses on gun violence

Youth rally focuses on gun violence

La Cueva High School student Ruth Clark, left, and former student Sabrina Falkowsky, right, take a photo with Emma Gonzalez, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre survivor and activist. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal) Copyright © 2018 Albuquerque Journal In February, 17 people died in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. In March, thousands in Albuquerque came out for March for Our Lives, a protest and rally that was part of a nationwide movement calling for school safety reform. Now, in July, local students and Marjory Stoneman Douglas students came together in southeast Albuquerque. Hundreds came out to Roosevelt Park on Wednesday afternoon for the Road to Change, a nationwide tour to end gun violence hosted by March For Our Lives students. It was a hot afternoon in Albuquerque, a DJ was playing music and people grabbed plates of food after setting up lawn chairs. The event was upbeat despite its somber origin. But Jammal Lemy, a 20-year-old March for Our Lives activist and Marjory Stoneman Douglas alumnus, said the event was intended to be inviting. “We just want to connect with the people of the different areas of where we are visiting,” he said. The main goal was to make a big impact on Albuquerque youths, trying to increase political action and voter registration. And voter registration was included in the event. Lemy said Road to Change was created to continue a movement against gun violence that spread across the country during March for Our Lives. […]

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