A Cause With Many Rebels: Photo Essay of D.C.’s ‘March for Our Lives’

March 25, 2018
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  • Emma Gonzalez, a Parkland survivor and one of the engines behind the #NeverAgain movement, held the stage​ ​for 6 minutes and 20 seconds — the time it took the gunman to kill 14 of her classmates and three of her teachers. The majority of Gonzalez’s time was spent in a powerful silence. <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • At program’s end, all of the speakers took a “Kaepernick knee.” <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • #NeverAgain is the student-led gun control organization that advocates for tighter regulations to reduce gun violence. It was formed in the aftermath of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.  <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • Over 800,000 gathered in D.C. for the March for Our Lives rally. The event was the largest single-day protest in the history of the nation’s capital. <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • Target shoots first. The #NeverAgain movement is taking on the NRA and its political pocketbook ​​power. <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • Cameron Kasky: “To the leaders, cynics, and skeptics who told us to sit down and stay silent, wait your turn: Welcome to the revolution.” <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • Naomi Wadler, 11: “I am here today to acknowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper.” <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • Delaney Tarr: “When they give us that inch, that bump stock ban, we will take a mile. We are not here for bread crumbs. We are here for real change. We are here to lead.” <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • Alex King: “Our pain makes us family. Us hurting together brings us closer together to fight for something better.” <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • Sarah Chadwick: “This is not a red-versus-blue issue. This is a morals issue. And to the politicians that believe that their right to own a gun comes before our lives, get ready to get voted out—by us! The future.” <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • Jaclyn Corin: “We need each and every one of you to keep screaming at your own congressman. Don’t be scared just because they have ‘senator’ in front of their name.” <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • D’Angelo McDade: “We are survivors of a cruel and silent nation.” <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • Ryan Deitsch: “I’d like to take it down for a minute, here. There might be musicians on this stage, but this is not Coachella. We might have movie stars in the crowd, but this is not the Oscars. … This is real life. This is reality. This is what is happening in our country and around the world today.” <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • Matt Post: “We stand at a moment where our nation’s laws are not guided by what is right or wrong, what is morally sound by the many, but instead is limited by the insatiable greed of a few.” <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • Emma Gonzalez: “Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job.” <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • Mya Middleton: “I’m here because I’ve been personally affected by the lack of gun control and I believe guns have taken over the minds of individuals who want an easy way out of their dilemma.” <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • David Hogg: ​”​When people try to suppress your vote, and there are people who stand against you because you’re too young, we say, ‘No more!’&nbsp;” <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • The tired argument refuted. <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • Fund glockenspiels, not Glocks. <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

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  • Enough is enough. <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • “It’s an issue of life and death.” <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • Many signs are left to make a statement as people return home after the rally. <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>

  • Homage to the Sex Pistols. Just like its punk rock predecessors, the #NeverAgain movement is making its own rules and has a chance to change the cultural landscape. <small>(Michael Nigro / Truthdig)</small>