Montrealers in Support of US March For Our Lives (Video + Photos)
March For Our Lives – As close to one million people, led by the survivors of the deadly shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, marched on Washington DC in Saturday’s March for Our Lives, with their message demanding stricter gun control laws – Montrealers hit the streets in support of the unprecedented initiative.
It is estimated that anywhere from 800 to 1000 people came together in one march organized by the Quebec Student Union, in solidarity with their American sisters and brothers. The marchers, with signs raised and voices united, gathered at Cabot Square at 10:00am and then headed down Ste-Catherine to the U.S. consulate on St-Alexandre Street.
There was also another march that began at around the same time at Westmount’s United Church ending at Dawson College – where in 2006, one student was killed and nineteen others injured by a gunman before he took his own life.
While the Washington rally was the center of the protests, more than 800 sister marches were held across the US from Boston to Los Angeles and even around the world – including Toronto and other parts of Canada.
Montreal Times reader Jeanne Hodgson, who was on the ground in the Montreal march, shared some of her experience with us. Arriving early at Cabot Square around 9:30am, she and her husband Tyson waited in the warmth of a nearby metro shelter, watching the square fill up with marchers as they arrived.
“Today was an absolutely emotional day. We were standing with the survivors and of those who were taken by the mass shootings in the United States,” Jeanne said. “It was a flurry of activity and everyone was in a great mood – ready to march and say NO MORE! and the NRA HAS TO GO!”
“There were also many speeches given… and they were very emotional. I tried to put myself in their shoes – and I couldn’t, but the one that stood out the most for me, was a mother who was from Montreal, but moved to Parkland where her two daughters attended MSD. She never dreamed of ever having her family go through something like this. What these kids have done is absolutely amazing… to take on their own government and stand their ground. What they have accomplished today is only the beginning, they will keep on protesting for as long as it takes to change the gun laws in the United States. Not only in the streets, but at the ballot box in November 2018 and November 2020.”
It is a wonder how much things have changed in the world, when adults are now learning from children – a lesson they need to take seriously.