POUGHKEEPSIE — March For Our Lives Hudson Valley protest march across the Walkway Across the Hudson 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 24.
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Arts For Peace, Black Lives Matter, Hudson Valley Strong, Indivisible The Fight is On, Move Forward NY, Ulster People for Justice & Democracy, U-Act, March On Hudson Valley, Duchess County Progressive Action Alliance, ENJAN and the Dutchess County Interfaith Counsel have teamed up to sponsor the March For Our Lives Hudson Valley protest march across the Walkway Over The Hudson from Poughkeepsie to Highland.
Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.
March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.
On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of the Hudson Valley to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard.
School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.
Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard.
Stand with us on March 24. Refuse to allow one more needless death.
The march will begin at 11 a.m. on the Poughkeepsie side of the Walkway Across The Hudson to hear rally instructions and safety procedures. No bags, backpacks, alcohol or weapons will be allowed on the bridge during the march. Fanny packs will be allowed, but will be checked at the entrance of the march for any of these or other prohibited items. Protest signs are encouraged, but no sticks on the signs will be allowed. Look for information updates will be available on the March For Our Lives Hudson Valley Facebook page. One-dollar donations are being asked of each marcher on the bridge.
The march will be followed immediately at 1pm by SOS: Surround Our Schools. We will take hands to fully surround a local school in unity to protect our children. School location TBA.