On March 24, young people and their supporters across Kentucky will take to the streets to demand that Congress pass legislation to address gun violence, especially school shootings.
The seven events in Kentucky are part of the March for Our Lives movement, which has over 500 such rallies across the country on that day, including the main march in Washington DC. The movement was started by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School after the recent massacre at that school left 17 students and adults dead.
March for Our Lives
From Wikipedia: “Following the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, Cameron Kasky, a junior at the school, and his classmates, announced the march on February 18, 2018. Also joining the march efforts are Alex Wind of Stoneman Douglas High School, who along with four friends created the “Never Again” campaign. Emma González and David Hogg, also survivors of the shooting, have been vocal supporters of the march.”
After the march was announced, Amal and George Clooney donated $500,000 to support the march, which was followed by matching donations of $500,000 by Oprah Winfrey, Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife Marilyn, Steven Spielberg and his spouse, and Gucci.
The mission statement of March for Our Lives includes the following:
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.
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.
The Kentucky events
Here are the March for Our Lives events (also known as “sibling marches“) that are scheduled in Kentucky for that day, listed east to west. Note that this list is as of Friday, March 9; other events may be added in the days remaining. Note also that there are events in Cincinnatti and in Evansville, for those living closer to those cities.
For each of the events below, you can click the “more info” link to get a map and to RSVP to the event organizers.
Louisa March For Our Lives
Lawrence County High School Football Field, 100 Bulldog Ln, 41230 @ 10:30 AM
This event is to protest for schools to take more precautions to ensure school safety. We will be meeting at the Lawrence County Football Field. (more info)
Pikeville March for our Lives
Pikeville City Park, Main Street, 41501 @ 4:30 PM
Gun violence vigil. Come together to remember the more than 38,000 Americans killed by gun violence each year. Help us shine a light on this tragic epidemic. Here and at hundreds of locations nationwide, we will unite in our efforts to remember the lives affected by gun violence and honor their memories by working towards a safe and just community for all. (more info)
Burgin March For Our Lives
Mercer County Courthouse, 224 S. Main St., 40330 @ 12:00 PM
School safety affects everyone! Now is the time to speak up and take action. We as a society need to fight for what we believe in! If you want to change, then you have to make it happen. We will be marching from the Old Harrodsburg High School (443 East Lexington St., Harrodsburg) to the Mercer County Courthouse (224 S. Main St, Harrodsburg) where we will have a short rally. (more info)
Lexington March for Our Lives
Fayette County Courthouse Plaza, 150 North Limestone, 40507 @ 4:00 PM
Join local high school and college students, The Lexington chapter of Moms Demand Action, BlueGrass Activist Alliance and other supporting groups in saying not one more! We will meet for a short rally and then march followed by an opportunity to connect with local groups to find out more ways to make a difference in stopping gun violence in our schools. (more info)
Woodford County March For Our Lives
Woodford County High School, 180 Frankfort Street, Versailles, 40383 @ 2:00 pm
We will be marching from Woodford County High School to the courthouse with a short rally afterwards. This rally is to let people know that stricter gun regulations are needed and wanted. (more info)
March For Our Lives – Louisville
March starts at Witherspoon/Brooks Sts, with rally at Metro Hall, 574 Jefferson St, 40202 @ 1:30 PM
Join us on the waterfront at 1:30pm at Witherspoon & Brooks as we March For Our Lives through downtown Louisville, culminating in a rally in front of Metro Hall. (more info)
Bowling Green March For Our Lives
Fountain Square Park, 445 East Main Street, 42101 @ 11:00 AM
On March 24, the March for Our Lives movement will take to the streets to demand that we end the epidemic of mass shootings in our schools today. (more info)
Owensboro – March For Our Lives
Smothers Park, 199 W Veterans Blvd, 42303 @ 12:30 PM
The event will begin at Smothers Park with speakers and discussion, then at 2:00 PM we will begin walking down the sidewalks of Frederica Street, building a chain of people and signs. (more info)
March for our Lives – Madisonville
Old Courthouse Steps, 11 South Main Street, 42431 @ 12:00 PM
Join with marches and rallies across the nation that day to advocate for gun reform! (more info)
Marshall County March For Our Lives
Memorial Park Ampitheater, 5th Avenue, Calvert City, 42029 @ 1:00 PM
Marshall County Rally for Safe Schools (more info)