Student organizers from Maplewood and South Orange have come together with community leaders and SOMA Action in Maplewood and South Orange to rally in support of gun violence prevention on Saturday, March 24. The rallies are part of the worldwide March for Our Lives movement.

“We stand with and support victims of gun violence and mass shootings. We hope by speaking out and standing up we will empower all students to use their voice as powerful agents of change and finally move from inaction to action on sensible gun control.” - SOMA Student Leadership Committee

This official sibling March For Our Lives rally led and organized by local student leaders will have youth speakers that will highlight the need for gun violence prevention measures, safer schools and the community at large. Immediately after the rallies, student leaders will lead participants to board train to the NJ March for Our Lives march in Newark. The press and the community are invited and encouraged to join in the events in Maplewood and South Orange.

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WHO: SOMA Student Leadership Committee

WHAT: March for Our Lives SOMA Pre-rally

WHERE: South Orange NJT Station (near the gazebo)

17 Sloan St., South Orange, NJ 07079

Maplewood NJT Station (facing Memorial Park)

145 Dunnell Rd., Maplewood, NJ 07040

WHEN: Saturday, March 24 at 8:30 a.m. promptly  

Thanks to the SOMA Student Leadership Committee, SOMA Action, SOMA Action Education Committee, March For Our Lives, Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, Giffords, South Orange Village President Sheena Collum, Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey.

Thanks to the generosity of our local business supporters who have donated snacks and coffee to keep marchers warm and fueled the morning of the SOMA March For Our Lives Pre-rally: Palmers Sweetery, Starbucks and Able Baker.