UNION, NJ – Students from all over Union County will be walking from Burnet Middle School to Town Hall on Saturday, March 24, in an anti-gun violence march.
Led by steering committee chairman Colin Sumner, the march, which has the support of Senator Joseph Cryan, Moms Demand Action, Union County Chapter, and the Union County Freeholders, is not aimed at taking away guns, but ending gun violence, according to a press release from march organizers.
“Today, we want Congress to make us all safer, and counter all forms of gun violence by being open to the national student led dialogue," the press release reads. "Hand in hand we will stand, together, and united.”
Students have always been the catalysts for change in this country, the press release reads.
“I’m organizing this march to take action on a topic that greatly affects me and my peers," Sumner, 16, a sophomore at Westfield High School, said.“I hope true change can come from this march, not only for Union County, but the country. I hope that as a national movement of marches continues, we will make a change.”
Students from all across the county will be marching with parents, teachers, clergy and public officials, he said.
“I am honored to stand with these young adults,” Cryan said. “They have a message and they intend to have their voices heard. I am proud of their efforts and support them.”
The Township of Union also voice support for the march.
“The Township of Union is honored to be the host of the March for Our Lives in Union County to let our children and young adults know we stand with them,” Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas said. “Our township is committed to the safety of our youth; committed to building and protecting safe communities and committed to protecting our public spaces.”
Moms Demand Action, Union County Chapter, co-leader Jessica Grant said they support the march and have helped with logistics, but "don't want to take the lead. This is a student-led movement. People need to hear what the kids have to say."
The march begins at 10 a.m. at Burnet Middle School, 1000 Caldwell Avenue. It will end at Union’s Town Hall, 1976 Morris Avenue.
For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/unioncountymarchforourlives.
Editor's Note: In the interest of transparency, TAPinto Union's franchise owner/publisher, Kathy Cryan, is married to State Senator Joe Cryan.