BALTIMORE, MD — Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has helped coordinate transportation so that local students can get to the March for Our Lives rally Saturday in Washington, D.C. Buses are scheduled to leave from various locations across the city Saturday morning to take youths to the rally, and lunch will be provided.
"We as a city believe that enough is enough and that more should be done on a local, state and federal level to address gun violence and illegal guns on our streets!" Pugh said this month after students showed up at City Hall to advocate for gun reform after more than a dozen people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
"I was so proud to see students and youth united for such a great cause," Pugh said after meeting with young activists. "In addition to meeting with the students, I also announced that we would be getting 60 buses to take to Washington on March 24 so that the voices of the children of our City will be heard," Pugh said at the time.
Added Pugh: "I’m hoping to have at least 3,000 students from our city represented at the March for Our Lives rally on March 24."
Pugh, who came under scrutiny for putting resources toward the march rather than issues such as schools without heat, said on Fox News that she was contacted by outside groups organizing the March for Our Lives rally in D.C.; organizers specifically wanted Baltimore City students there.
Eight locations throughout Baltimore will be sending buses on Saturday morning to D.C. The buses will arrive at the National Mall before the March for Our Lives event.
Register for a seat on one of the buses. Pugh has said that no public funds are being used for the event.
The National Park Service expects 500,000 to attend the rally in D.C. That would place it about on par with the Women’s March on Washington that took place the day after President Trump’s inauguration in January 2016.
The march gained attention Tuesday as word spread nationwide about a Maryland school shooting about 65 miles from Washington, D.C. A student opened fire at Great Mills High School Tuesday morning in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Two students suffered gunshots wounds, the shooter exchanged gunshots with a school resource officer, and the gunman was pronounced dead at an area hospital. One of the victims was released from the hospital Wednesday, and a 16-year-old girl who was shot was taken off life support Thursday night, her family said.
The march has attracted financial support from celebrities, including Amal and George Clooney, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Steven Spielberg, who are the most significant donors ($500,000 each). Many other celebrities have offered support as well for the March for Our Lives eent.
Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, and Demi Lovato are expected to join the marchers in D.C.
When and where will it take place?
The march is scheduled to start at noon on Saturday, March 24, in Washington, D.C.
The march route will run along Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown D.C., from 3rd Street (near the front of the U.S. Capitol) to 12th Street (a few blocks from the White House and near the entrance of Trump International Hotel).
Road closures will begin early. Parking will be blocked from the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW down Pennsylvania Avenue and also on Constitution Avenue on Friday. From 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, several roads will be closed; check the map.
Patch editor Dan Taylor contributed to the reporting.
Photo courtesy of Mayor Catherine Pugh.