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On Saturday, June 11 at 12 p.m. ETmilitant group against armed violence March for our livesin conjunction with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, will lead more than 200 protests across the country in an effort to urge elected officials to prevent further mass shootings, such as the recent ones in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde , Texas, by rapidly passing tougher gun control legislation.

Matthew Hogenmiller / March for Our Lives

The main march and programming (which you can watch at the top of this page) will take place in Washington, D.C. Some expected speakers — who will share their own experiences with gun violence — include Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO); activist Yolanda King; Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers; and survivors and family members of Buffalo and Uvalde victims.

Oprah recently discussed gun control with March for Our Lives co-founder David Hogg. He survived one of the deadliest shootings in US history at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and is now a leading voice against gun violence. Hogg is also expected to speak at the June 11 rally, a date he told Oprah was chosen because of the “urgency” to address specific gun legislation making its way through Congress.

Hogg said many improvements have been made “at the state level” over the past few years, but stressed the need to come together on this issue, regardless of your politics: “We’ve always heard this conversation because , either you’re anti-gun or you’re pro-gun. We need a third way in this country to recognize the fact that our whole country is against gun violence. Our whole country is pro-peace. Every landlord weapons that I have ever met, any responsible, at least, is for that.”

He also hopes that “as Americans we can find unity from this march and begin to heal,” referring to the “millions of people in this country who have been impacted by gun suicide, by mass shootings, by daily armed violence”.

Hogg went on to encourage viewers to keep our involvement long after June 11: “This is just the beginning, we want to run for our state legislatures every year. It’s going to require us to run after these marches and to stay engaged,” he said. “So please stay engaged in the movement in any way you can, no matter how you can. Whether it’s by voting, but hopefully by voting and running for the legislature of your State every year. ‘Because it’s going to take time.’

There are many ways to continue Support of the work that March For Our Lives is doing after June 11, including make a donation and become a volunteer. Visit the organization’s website to read their political program for public safety, political demands for the Biden-Harris administration, and more.

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