Marchers plan to take on gun violence in Hartford, New York and Washington D.C Saturday
Advocates supporting the March for Our Lives movement against gun violence are participating in marches Saturday, March 24, with contingents of Ridgefielders committed to the cause planning to go Hartford, New York and Washington D.C.
Two buses to the march in Hartford are being organized by The Women’s March - Ridgefield Chapter, and people — including a number of Ridgefield High School students — are planning to go to New York, and also to the main march in Washington D.C.
“Impassioned activists,” is how Aimee Berger-Girvalo of the Women’s March Ridgefield Chapter describes the people marching.
The activists “stand with the 66% of Americans — the highest percent polled to date — who are demanding more stringent gun laws,” she adds.
The buses to Hartford will leave the RHS parking lot at 10 a.m. Saturday, and are expected to get back before 6 in the evening.
“There is still room,” Berger-Girvalo said, but the sign-ups will be closed Wednesday at the request of the bus company.
“The buses are being underwritten by CAGV (Connecticut Against Gun Violence), whos new executive director is a RIdgefield resident, Jeremy Stein,” Berger-Girvalo said. “We are providing a link to CAGV and suggesting donations for around $20.”
Connecticut Against Gun Violence has a mission “to identify, develop, and promote passage of legislation designed to enhance gun safety.”
People interested in buses to the Hartford march can sign up through a link on the Women’s March - Ridgefield Chapter Facebook page.
“The link is pinned to the top of the page,” Berger-Girvalo said. “They can also contact either myself or Amanda Cordano, this trip’s co-organizer, through Facebook messenger, if they have further questions, but all sign-ups must be through the link.”
She adds, “We are asking for only serious inquiries, so that we can be sure to fill all the seats.”
Lane Murdock, the Ridgefield High School sophomore who founded the National School Walkout movement in February, told The Press Monday that she would be flying to Washington to march with students from around the country.
"I am going via plane with help from change.org," she said.
Ridgefield High School seniors Paul Kim and Max Cumming may also be attending, Murdock said.
Her petition on change.org has accumulated 252,537 signatures over the last month.
A week after creating the national movement, Murdock spoke in Hartford with a contingency of parents, students and legislatures.
Watch the full press conference here or by clicking the link below.