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Students rally in Chicago at March for Our Lives

Seniors Alexis Beidleman and Lily Buchen hold up signs at the March for Our Lives in Chicago.

Seniors Alexis Beidleman and Lily Buchen hold up signs at the March for Our Lives in Chicago.

•courtesy of Lily Buchen

Seniors Alexis Beidleman and Lily Buchen hold up signs at the March for Our Lives in Chicago.

•courtesy of Lily Buchen

•courtesy of Lily Buchen

Seniors Alexis Beidleman and Lily Buchen hold up signs at the March for Our Lives in Chicago.

Caroline Stiefbold

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As a part of the Chicago March for Our Lives, thousands gathered in Union Park on March 24 to protest gun laws in wake of the school shooting in Parkland, FL in February.

Part of the national March for Our Lives mission statement reads, “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 hear.”

Many students have strong opinions regarding gun regulations and joined in the march to raise their voices and let them be heard.

“I have strong feelings about gun control, and I like to have a voice and participate in political rallies and such, so I decided to go down there,” senior Lily Buchen said.

Students are hoping that lawmakers listen to their voices from the march.

“I feel very strongly about the issue of gun violence in our country, and I want to be a part of the change. I want our lawmakers to realize that people are angry and hurt and won’t stop until we have change,” senior Mili Meredith said.

Speakers, singers, and poets, all under the age of 21, took centerstage in the park.

“The student speeches and performances were so moving, especially the poem by the Hinsdale poetry team. People were in tears by the end,” Meredith said.

Although it was a protest, the march had a peaceful atmosphere as the thousands of marchers had a common goal.

“The march was so powerful because though we were there to acknowledge the lives taken by gun violence, it was an overall very positive event. People were very respectful and kind to each other; we started up conversation with complete strangers but that was just the kind of environment. Everyone was there to support the same cause and I think that brings people together in a really unique and precious way,” Meredith said.

Regardless of the outcome the march has on legislation, those who marched feel that the march was valuable.

“I think, first of all, it’s showing solidarity with Parkland. I also think that, even if it doesn’t change any political leaders’ minds, it shows them that this is a big issue and there are a lot of people rallying for it,” Buchen said.

Marchers are hopeful that change will come, no matter how long it takes.

“If the political leaders now don’t change it, someone else will,” Buchen said.

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