Students, teachers, parents and their allies will converge on the nation's capital Saturday to rally for gun control and school safety measures in the wake of last month's shooting in a Florida high school.
Thousands of people from across the country are expected to participate in the March for Our Lives, organized by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people and injured others on Valentine's Day. The accused shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was a former student at the school and was armed with an AR-15-style rifle he had legally purchased a year ago, authorities said.
Here's everything you need to know about the March for Our Lives.
When is the march?
The main "March for Our Lives" event in Washington, D.C., will begin at noon ET on Saturday, more than five weeks after the deadly school shooting.
There have been other events in support of the shooting survivors, including a National School Walkout on March 14 that lasted for 17 minutes to honor those killed a month earlier in Parkland and to protest gun violence across the country.
Where is the march?
The main March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C., will begin on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd Street NW and 12th Street NW.
But there were hundreds of satellite marches, or "sibling marches," planned for this weekend around the world. Each sibling march is an independent, student-led initiative, according to the March for Our Lives official website.
There were sibling marches planned in cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Boston, Ottawa, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Paris, Dublin, London, Berlin, Stockholm, Rome, Tel Aviv, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney, to name just a few.
Who's supporting the event?
Countless people, including a number of celebrities, have voiced their support for the march by announcing their plans to participate or donating to the movement's main GoFundMe page, which has raised over $3.4 million. Half of the funds raised via the crowdfunding platform will go toward the March for Our Lives Action Fund, which will cover expenses associated with Saturday's event in Washington, D.C.
The other half will be given to the victims and their families of the Feb. 14 school shooting via the Broward Education Foundation.
“Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School," George Clooney said in a statement on Feb. 20. "Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating 500,000 dollars to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it."
Why are people marching?
The March for Our Lives organizers explain on the official website that they support the constitutional right of law-abiding U.S. citizens to bear arms, but the recent surge of mass shootings, particularly at schools, calls for an honest discussion about guns.
So students, teachers and their supporters will take to the streets because they "will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar," the organizers say.
"Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students," the organizers say in their online mission statement. "In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now."