By Julia James
On Saturday March, 24th 2018 the city of Philadelphia took part in the March for our Lives movement to end Gun Violence. The Philadelphia march was just one of an estimated 450 marches that took place over the weekend.
My friends and I were just four of the millions of people that took part in these marches, all for one common purpose, change. Although it was the negative effects of gun violence that led to having these marches, participating in the march overall was an uplifting, inspiring, and empowering experience we'll never forget. To be surrounded by a city full of people fighting for the same cause as you, and hear the speeches given full of emotion it's extremely inspiring.
The streets were full of posters held up with messages promoting change. Even people at our train station had their posters in hand. My friends and I made posters of our own as well. Many people stopped us to ask for photos of our posters, as well as thanking us for taking part in the cause.
The atmosphere was just so positive and supporting. From the moment we got off the train, we had goosebumps looking at all the signs and people. There were so many people, but it felt like we were all one, all there for one reason. My friends and I have held a strong opinion on the topic of gun violence, and although many people have challenged us on it, participating in the march only made our feelings stronger.
People have said getting kids or teens involved in politics too young isn't a smart move, however, we are the future. It's important to hold a strong opinion and fight for what you think is right. However, these marches were not limited to just teens. People of all ages attended and voiced their opinions. Even famous people took part in the D.C. march, using their platforms to promote and spread the message we are trying to get across.
Seeing the turnout to all the marches, we are confident this cause will not die down. Our voices will be heard and changes will be made. Enough is Enough. Not one more.
Submitted by our members as well as teens across the world.