Hundreds of thousands of protesters descended on Washington Saturday for the March for our Lives rally with a loud rallying cry: "Vote them out." They vowed that if politicians fail to enact sweeping changes to the nation's gun laws, they'll be thrown out of office.
"Stand for us, or beware, the voters are coming," Cameron Kasky, who has become a prominent figure in the student-led movement, shouted from the stage in front of the Capitol.
Even the youngest speakers were putting lawmakers on notice. Eleven-year-old Naomi Wadler said, "We stand in the shadow of the Capitol, and we ... have seven short years until we too have the right to vote."
Students furious about school shootings in Parkland, Florida, and confronting the National Rifle Association and its political allies as they demand gun control laws with new urgency, are impressing an earlier generation of protesters who took to the streets 50 years ago.
As survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School prepare to lead a march in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, veterans of the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War protests of the 1960s are praising them for their quick mobilization and their fearlessness.
"I think they're focused, and I think they're creative," said Abe Peck, an editor at the underground newspaper, the Chicago Seed, in the 1960s and the author of "Uncovering the ‘60s: The Life and Times of the Underground Press." "They've also done something which all movements have to do, they've identified an enemy."
"They're osmosing certain previous movements," he said.
President Donald Trump released an order Friday night banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under "limited circumstances," following up on his calls last year to ban transgender individuals from serving.
The White House said retaining troops with a history or diagnosis of "gender dysphoria" — those who may require substantial medical treatment — "presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality."
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President Donald Trump grudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending measure Friday and averted a midnight government shutdown — but only after undercutting his own negotiators and setting off a mini-panic with a last-minute veto threat. The episode further eroded the already damaged credibility of both the president and a White House staff that had assured the nation he was onboard.
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Student Chris Grady was in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School the day a gunman killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida. On Saturday, less than two months later, Grady and his classmates will rally in Washington, D.C., to demand change to the nation's gun laws.
The March 24 rally in Washington, D.C., called March for Our Lives, has more than 800 sister marches across the country in a movement that is asking that public safety be considered an issue that transcends politics.
"People are trying to spin what we’re doing, saying we’re out to take away their Second Amendment rights," said Grady, 19.
President Donald Trump said in a March 23 tweet that the Department of Justice will ban bump stocks.
With passage of an enormous budget bill, the GOP-controlled Congress all but wrapped up its legislating for the year. But will it be enough to convince voters to give Republicans another two years at the helm?
In two big ways, Republicans have done what they promised. They passed a long sought tax overhaul bill that slashed tax rates. They've rolled back regulations, in ways they claim are boosting the economy.
But there are signs Americans wanted more: immigration reforms, gun control legislation, even an infrastructure plan that President Donald Trump promised voters. Tax cuts, for now, will have to do.
Those at the D.C. March for Our Lives paid their respects to the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in a long moment of silence, led by Emma Gonzalez, one of the most vocal survivors of...
Matthew Soto, 19, brother of Newtown Elementary victim Victoria Soto, spoke at the DC rally about his sister’s death and how things should’ve changed after that.
Yolanda Renee King, the granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr., spoke to protesters in D.C. at the March for Our Lives rally.
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Responding to criticism that outrage over the deaths of young people erupts only when the victims are white or well-to-do, the organizers of Saturday’s March for Our Lives rally in D.C. had an answer.
Their lineup included speakers not just from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where the slaughter of 17 students inspired the marches, but also 19-year-old Trevon Bosley of Chicago, there for his slain brother and young people across the country. And Edna Chavez, 17, of south Los Angeles, whose brother was also killed, and 11-year-old Naomi Wadler from Alexandria, Virginia, standing for African-American girls and women who are disproportionately affected by violence.
JaValle Morris, a web designer living in Los Angeles, explains why he joined thousands marching for gun control.
Legendary musician Paul McCarney joined protesters in New York City marching for gun control.
International support for "March for Our Lives" was seen in London outside the U.S. Embassy.
A mother explains why she brought her 7-year-old son to March for Our Lives.