1,000 March Against Gun Violence in Hyannis

Diverse group fills the Village Green...
March for our Lives protesters on the Hyannis Village Green today (Pat Brooks photo)

Up to 1,000 people attended the March for our Lives protest today on the Hyannis Village Green.  The diverse group included little children, high school student, parents, grandmothers, dogs and politicians.  Many politicians spoke about gun control and safety of our schools as the crowd stood in brisk, cold weather.

In the original press release from the Cape Cod Student Board, the purpose of the event was described as...

On Saturday, March 24th 2018 from 11:00am – 3:00pm at the Hyannis Village Green, 367 Main St, Hyannis,  the newly established Cape Cod Student Board, along with students from across Cape Cod and the Islands, will hold a satellite event to support the national March For Our Lives.

Led and established entirely by students, this event was inspired by the brave teen survivors of the Parkland Florida school shooting who founded the movement and encouraged their peers to speak up and create a nationwide demonstration.

The students of this nation demand action be taken on the federal and state level to combat gun violence, and demand that proactive and meaningful action be taken on the safety of schools. Cameron Kasky, a student and survivor of the incident at Stoneman Douglas High School announced the march on Sunday, February 18th, stating that the demonstration will take place on March 24th in every city across the United States.

​“We, the students of Cape Cod are inspired by the advocacy and leadership shown by the students in Florida and have decided to stand in solidarity with them. For this reason, we too, will hold our own march in Hyannis. We've constructed a student board and will continue to plan this event through a collaboration of student representatives from towns across Cape Cod and the Islands,” said Jack Forrester, member of the Cape Cod Student Board.

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