BOSTON — The Latest on the “March for Our Lives” rally in Boston (all times local):
Tens of thousands of people have streamed onto Boston Common after a cross-city march protesting gun violence.
Crowds greeted them with hip-hop music playing and loud cheers. The Boston Police Department estimates up to 100,000 people are participating.
The “March for Our Lives” rally in Boston is a sister event to Washington’s youth-led protest that is seeing hundreds of thousands of people rally.
Seventeen-year-old Eden Alemayehu held a sign that said teachers having guns is not something that makes students feel safe. She thinks giving teachers guns is a “terrible idea.”
Background checks are on her list of ways politicians can limit gun ownership, saying people should not be able to walk into a store and legally purchase a gun.
Students and families are marching in communities across Massachusetts as part of a global day of rallies against gun violence and mass shootings.
The “March For Our Lives” rally in Boston sets off from Madison Vocational High School in the Roxbury neighborhood on Saturday morning and ends downtown at the Boston Common in the afternoon.
Rallies are also taking place in a number of other Massachusetts communities, including Ipswich, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Springfield and Worcester. They’re also happening in neighboring Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.
The events are timed with a larger rally Saturday in Washington, D.C. led by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed in a Valentine’s Day shooting.
Hundreds of other marches are also planned in cities across the globe.