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A March For Our Lives demonstration planned for the Arizona State Capitol

Phoenix joins at least 400 other places across the country on Saturday where March for Our Lives protests are planned.

Local activists will rally at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix on Saturday to oppose gun violence in the United States.

The last March for Our Lives was in 2018, following a mass shooting by a teenage gunman that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018.

Likewise, Saturday’s march was organized in response to a mass shooting by an armed teenager at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24 that killed 19 students and two teachers.

“Four years ago we did the exact same thing,” said Jacob Martinez, lead organizer for March For Our Lives in Phoenix. “After the shooting in Parkland, we went to the Capitol… 30,000 strong people and marched and said ‘enough.’ Here we are four years later and nothing has been done.”

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March For Our Lives organizers in Phoenix expect an average of 5,000 to 10,000 people to attend the event at the Arizona State Capitol.

Guest speakers at the march include Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, State Rep. Jennifer Longdon, activist Belen Sisa, Vice President of the Education Association of Arizona Marisol Garcia and various other organizers.

“We just want to send a message to lawmakers and Congress when they see these marches across the country, that we’re going to keep going out and doing these marches and holding protests until they take some kind of ‘action,” Martinez said. .

The rally is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Saturday outside the Arizona State Capitol, which will be followed by a march around the Capitol complex.

“We’re going to go short because of how hot it will be tomorrow,” said Martinez, who advises people to drink plenty of water and stay cool. Hydration stations will be available during the walk.

March For Our Lives in Phoenix is ​​also coordinating with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Phoenix Police Department to ensure the event is safe, according to Martinez.

March For Our Lives will also host events in Flagstaff, Payson, Prescott, Sedona and Tucson.

Contact Haleigh Kochanski, breaking news reporter, at [email protected] or on Twitter @HaleighKochans.

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