March For Our Lives Syracuse

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The visit of Ivanka Trump to the P-Tech program at Syracuse’s I-T-C school did not go unnoticed by demonstrators who wanted to protest immigration and education policy.  Rae Kramer was there to oppose Trump Administration border actions she calls cruel and racist.  And she believes Ms. Trump could persuade her father on the issue.

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WAER Contributor Carolina Espinal went to Washington for the March for Our Lives rally. She returned with reactions from parents, educators and former Marjorie Stoneman Douglas School students – some of whom drove more than half-way across the country to be part of the event. 

Two Current SU Students and Majory Stoneman Douglas High School Alumni at "March For Our Lives"

Mar 26, 2018
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This weekend's “March for Our Lives” brought a crowd that numbered 2,000 or more to downtown Syracuse. Among them were two alumni of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the Florida school where 17 people were killed in February.

Sisters Devon and Sydney March, now both students at SU, said they were very moved by the support they received and very impressed with the large turnout.

Sydney said being in the march was a sobering reminder for participants that these issues are closer to home than they appear.

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A March in Syracuse, in concert with the March for our Lives in Washington drew hundreds of  students, parents, teachers and a wide range of other community members.  And while they focused on ending school shootings, they called for progress on other violence in the community as well.  

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The students organizing a Syracuse march to protest recent school shootings are trying to make sure their message includes ending all local gun violence.  The young people behind Saturday’s ‘March for our Lives’ also plan to keep their activism going long after it’s over.

These four CBA 11th graders couldn’t escape news of the Parkland Florida shooting.  Ashwarya Vara-Kantam felt directly connected.