tv March For Our Lives Rally CSPAN March 25, 2018 4:59pm-6:02pm EDT
>> secretary devos was asked about the new school commission she will be chairing. there'll be a commission on wednesday with attorney general jeff sessions and others serving as primary members. the commission is expected to seek input from students, parents, educators and law enforcement on how to address school safety. this weekend guns and school safety were front and center at the march for our lives rally in washington, d.c. organized by student activists and response to last month's deadly school shooting and one of several marches that took twice across the country. next we will so you a portion of
the event. it is just over one hour. >> good afternoon. skeptics, and, synnex who told us to sit down, wait your turn. welcome to the revolution. it is a powerful and peaceful one because it is of, by, and for the young people of this country. my name is cameron kasky. since this movement began, people have asked me, do you change is going to come from this? look around. we are the change. everybody here is standing with the future of our society and i thank you. my generation has spent our entire lives seeing mass shooting after mass shooting and we've realized that our vote matters. we must educate ourselves and
start conversations and keep our country moving forward and we well. we promise to fix the broken system we have been forced into and create a better world for the generations to come. do not worry. we've got this. [applause] the people of this country see past the lies. we have seen this narrative before. for the first time, the corrupt are not controlling our story. we are. the corrupt are not manipulative the facts. we know the truth. shooting after shooting, the one -- the american people now believe the one have they all have in common is the weapons. politicians, either represent the people were get out. the people demand a law banning the sale of assault weapons. the people demand we prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines. the people demand universal background checks. stand for us or beware, the voters are coming. [cheers]
on february 14, tragedy struck my home town at marjory stoneman douglas high school. -- school. all of the students, meadow pollack, helena ramsey, peter wang, and nicholas all lost their lives in less than seven minutes. i said it was for the end because today is nicholas's birthday. nicholas, we are all here for you. happy birthday. their families endured great pain, many others were injured and thousands of young people, my classmates were part to become adult and were targeted as adults, we have to do this for them. we must stand beside those that were lost. this doesn't just happen and
schools, americans are being attacked in churches, nightclubs, movie theaters. we the people can fix this. for the first time in a long while, i look for 10 years and i feel hope. i see light. i see a system i will be proud of but it all starts with you. is not the climax of this movement, this is a springboard off of what my generation will jump into a safer future. it is a bad day for tierney and corruption. today, we take to the streets and over eight over marches around the globe. we demand common sense gun laws. today is the beginning of a bright new future for this country. if you think today was good, just wait for tomorrow. protect, educate and inspire the future and everybody here is proof that we will do that in the future is looking very bright for this country. thank you.
>> everyday shootings are everyday problems. shootings are everyday problems. they sure that everybody in washington hears this. everyday shootings are everyday problems. am here with the bridges leaders and i'm here to speak on behalf of chicago's youth who are surrounded and affected by gun violence every day. i'm here to speak to those youth who. they may be shot while going to the gas station, the movies, the
church or even to and from school. i'm here to speak to those in mobile our voices have been silenced for part two long. i'm here to speak on behalf of who think someone then killed in chicago is still not an acceptable norm. most important like i'm here to speak on behalf of my brother to ralph was shot and killed by and six.urch into that just to give you guys a few statistics from chicago, there have been one of 5050 people shot and killed in chicago. this 2012, there have been more than 16,000 people shot. let me repeat that one more time. since 2006 there have been more than 5000 people shot and killed in chicago and since 2012 there have been more than 16,000 people shot in chicago. these stats are not just numbers, these are mothers, ,athers, sons and daughters
these are lawyers, doctors, artists, musicians. more than anything else, these are lives cut short due to senseless gun violence. i must ask, chicago's about epidemic in start overnight, it was caused by many problems we are still not dealing with to this day. when you have a city that feels it is more important to help pay complexlleges sports rather than fund schools and impoverished communities, you have gun violence. we have a city that as we meet activities than funding for workforce programs to get guys of the streets, then we have gun violence. when you have an illinois state governor feels that funded anti-violence programs is nonessential spending, you have gun violence. when you have elected officials who go that getting a few extra dollars from the nra is more important than their actual constituents, you have gun violence.
when you have a president that would rather consular talk about and little chicago's violent rather than send funds for resources, you have gun violence. it is time for the nation to realize that gun violence wasn't a chicago problem or a parkland problem but an american problem. we are here demanding that this country -- we are here demanding that we get with these people of this country deserve the right to have a life without fear of being gunned down. we can only live in this american dream if we have the proper gun legislation and recourse to do so. case, the more privileged spending on tour's attractions but people wesley lived there. it is time to care about all communities equally. it is time to stop judging sun communities as worse and sun communities as unworthy. me and my brother come from impoverished communities.
[applause] >> it is time for america to know that everyday shootings are everyday problems. our closing quote by martin luther king jr. is that we must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope. the matter that the hurdles we must face over the journey, we must continue to stand together and fight for the lives we deserve, thank you. [applause] ok, i'm here today
i'm here today because i'm a marjory stoneman douglas student. however, i am not here for the media, for the crowd, for the fame or the fun, i am here on this stage today and working every day for my 17 fellow eagles announced the dead because of gunfire. i am here for every person that has died because of gun violence and for everyone whose life is irreparably changed because of it. i think and hope that is why we are all here, because this is more than just a march, more than just one event and moving on. this is not a publicity stunt. this is a movement. this is a movement relying on the persistence and passion of its people. [applause] >> we cannot move on. if we move on the nra and those against us will win. they want us to forget. they want our voices to be silenced and they want to
retreat into the shadows. they want to be back on top on question in their corruption. we cannot and will not let that happen. [applause] today and every day we will continue to fight for those things that are right. will continue to fight for common sense. we will continue to fight for our lives. we will continue to fight for our dead friends. there will be no faltering. every moment will be dedicated to those pieces of legislation. every march, every meeting, every moment. all for that assault weapons ban to keep these weapons of war out of the hands of civilians very all to the prohibition of a high-capacity magazines. no person ever needs access to a magazine that kill 17 in mere minutes. all of the reinforcement of
background checks and the closing of loopholes. there should be more requirements for someone to act as a gun than a wad of cash. there are so many steps to take. right now, sign our petition. it takes two seconds and it matters. we will take the bake and the small, but we will keep fighting. when they give us that inch, that bump stock van, they will give us a mile. we're not here for breadcrumbs. we are here for real change. we are here to call out every single politician, to force them into enacting this legislation and doing more than a simple band-aid on a broken bone. the pressure is on for every person in power and it will stay that way. they know what is coming. they know that their -- if there is no assault weapons ban people will vote them out. [applause]
they know if there is no tightening of the background checks we will vote them out. [applause] >> they know that if there is no shrinking of magazine capacity, then we will vote them out. if they nor is it only pretend to listen, we will take action where it counts. we will take action every day in every way into lake cannot simply cannot ignore us anymore. today we march, we fight, we roar. we prepare our signs and raise them high. we know what we want and we know how to get it and we are not waiting any longer. [cheers and applause] >> this is a lockdown drill. >> even if it is a drill, when it is brought your home it makes it real. >> we heard gunshots that we started thinking it was real.
>> we would try to run away from the attacker. >> i am starting to think, what if this would happen? >> it brought the reality of the situation to us. >> this is my 10th one. the weird thing is, it gets me every time. >> this kind of emergency training should not need to happen in our schools. since the massacre at columbine high school, more than 150,000 students at elementary, middle, and high schools have experienced a shooting. too many have died or been injured and 40% develop post-traumatic stress disorder. this brings terror to our streets and in our home. every day on average, 96 americans die and seven of those lives are teens. at least 40% of the young people
in cities say they have witnessed a shooting. the presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely the woman will be killed. this is an epidemic and this is why we march. enough is enough. it is time for a change. never again. [cheers] ♪ >> hello, everyone. thank you so much for having me and i am at so excited to be here with all of you sharing our voices so we can be heard together. ♪
>> we've had enough of the lies, the sanctimony, the hatred, the pettiness. >> the arrogance, the ignorance. >> the fake news. >> the n.r.a. we are done with your agenda to undermine voters' will and liberty in america. >> we are done with the effort to undermine the individual voices of the american people. >> to every lying member of the media. >> to the role model athletes who use free speech to alter and undermine what our flag represents. >> to every spokesman with an hourglass who use free speech to undermine what our flag represents. >> to the politicians who would rather watch america burn than
lose one ounce of their power. >> to shows who stain honest reporting with partisanship. >> to those who call high school students paid crisis actors and refuse to listen. >> your time is running out. >> your time is running out. >> the clock starts now. >> the clock starts now. [cheering] [applause] >> hello, everyone. my name is sarah chadwick and i'm a junior at marjory stoneman douglas high school. in this year, a dollar and five an this year, a dollar and five cents, when you take three
3,140,167, the number of students enrolled in florida schools, and divide it by 3,303,355, the amount of money marco rubio has received from the national rifle association, it comes out to $1.05. is that all we're worth to these politicians, $1.05? was $17.85 all it cost you that day, mr. rubio? well, i say one life is worth more than all the guns in america! [applause] this is not a red versus blue issue. this is a moral issue. [applause]
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. we will not allow a price to be put upon our lives. we will no longer be hunted down and treated like prey by politicians who simply just don't care about us. we are fighting. we have been fighting. we have been fighting since columbine, since sandy hook, since pulse, since las vegas. and we will continue to fight until we put a stop to gun violence in america. [applause] because we are no longer a statistic in this country.
my name is edna chavez and i am from south los angeles, california. [speaking spanish] i am a 17-year-old senior at manuel arts high school and a member of an organization called "community coalition" where i am a youth leader at south central youth empowered through action. a community coalition, we organize high school students to develop their leadership skills in order to push for educational justice in our communities. that's why i got involved. i wanted to impact policies and make sure our voices are heard. [applause] i am a youth leader.
i am a survivor. i have lived in south l.a. my entire life and have lost many loved ones to gun violence. this is normal, normal to the point that i learned to duck from bullets before i learned how to read. [applause] my brother, he was in high school when he passed away. it was a day like any other day, sunset going down off south central. you hear pops thinking they're fireworks. they weren't pops. you see the melanin on your brother's skin turn gray.
ricardo was his name. can y'all say it with me? >> ricardo! [chanting "ricardo"] >> i lost more than my brother that day. i lost my hero. i also lost my mother, my sister, and myself to that trauma and that anxiety. if the bullet did not kill me, that anxiety and that trauma will. i carry that trauma everywhere i
go. i carry it with me in school, in class, walking home and visiting loved ones, and i am not alone in this experience. for decades my community of south los angeles has become accustomed to this violence. it is normal to see candles. it is normal to see posters. it is normal to see balloons. it is normal to see flowers honoring the lives of black and brown youth that have lost their lives to a bullet! [applause] how can we cope with it when our school district has its own police department? instead of making black and brown students feel safe, they
continue to profile and criminalize us. [applause] instead, we should have a department specializing in restorative justice. [applause] we need to tackle the root causes of the issues we face and come to an understanding on how to resolve them. i am here to honor the florida students that lost their lives and to stand with the parkland students. i am here today to honor ricardo. i am here today to uplift my south l.a. community!
enough is enough. question, how many more children have to die so that this problem is finally acknowledged? policymakers, listen up, arming teachers will not work! [applause] more security in our schools does not work! [applause] zero tolerance policies do not work! [applause] they make us feel like criminals. we should feel empowered and supported in our schools. instead of funding these policies, fund mentorship programs, mental health resources, paid internship and job opportunities.
my brother, like many others, would have benefited from this. so let's make it happen. it's important to work with people that are impacted by these issues, the people you represent. we need to focus on changing the conditions that foster violence and trauma and that's how we will transform our communities and uplift our voices. this has not and shall not stop us. it has only empowered us. my name is edna yvette chavez.
february 14, we as students, as youths, decided if adults weren't going to take action, we would. no gun-related legislation has been passed in this country since 2008, 10 years ago! since 2008, there have been at least 95 mass shootings in this country and hundreds and thousands more just senseless violence on the cities of our nation and cities like miami, chicago, and baltimore. it needs to stop. [applause] people believe that the youth of this country are insignificant. people believe that the youths have no voice. when joan of arc fought back english forces she was 17 years old. when mozart wrote his first symphony, he was 8 years old! to those people who tell us that teenagers can't do anything, i
say that we were the only people that could have made this movement possible! [applause] together, we will use our voices to make sure that our schools, churches, movie theaters and concerts and our streets become safer without having them feel like prisons. if teachers start packing heat, are they going to arm our pastors, ministers and rabbis? are they going to arm the guy scanning tickets at the movie theater? as they going to arm the person wearing the mickey mouse costume at disney? this is what the national rifle association wants and we will not stand for it! we do not need metal detectors and clear backpacks and more weapons in our street if there weren't weapons of war in the hands of civilians! for too long our government has been useless on this issue. our job as their constituents is
to make sure we know what they're thinking. there are over 250 representatives that have not come out with a public stance on this issue. it is our job to make sure that we call them up and force them out of the shadows of corruption and into the light of justice! as teens, people think we don't like to wait around for things and they're sometimes right. a lot of you are probably wondering what now. now, we need come to this all fronts and push aside those that divide us. now we need to get on the phone and call our representatives and push them to stop incumbency and take action. we need to educate ourselves on which politicians are truly working for the people and which ones we want to vote out! because at the end of the day, bullets do not discriminate, so why should we!
it is not about your race. it is not about your sexual orientation. it is not about your ethnicity, it is not about your gender, it is not about where you live and how much money you make and most certainly not about political parties. all it comes down to is life or death! to all the politicians out there, if you take money from the n.r.a., you have chosen death. if you have not expressed to your constituents a public stance on this issue, you have chosen death. if you do not stand with us by saying we need to pass common sense gun legislation, you have chosen death. and none of the millions of people marching in this country today will stop until they see those against us out of office because we choose life! thank you, i love you all!
>> 97% of american voters want universal background checks for gun sales. people can buy weapons of war from the back of an s.u.v. and no one is checking as to whether or not they have a restraining order, criminal record, or history of violence. an estimated 22% of all gun transfers take place without a background check. in states that go beyond federal law and require background checks for all handgun sales, there are 47% fewer women shot by intimate partners, 47% fewer suicides and 53% fewer law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. waiting periods work, too, and new red-flag laws create a way for family members and law enforcement to keep guns away from someone who shows warning signs of violence. let's do this. enough is enough. it's time for a change. never again. [cheers and applause]
they will tell the story of tonight. >> ♪ have you ever felt like nobody was there? have you ever felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere? have you ever felt like you could disappear? and no oneuld fall would hear? ♪ well, let that lonely feeling wash away, maybe there's a reason to believe you'll be ok, 'cause when you don't feel strong enough to stand, you can reach, reach out your hand. and oh, someone will come running.
raise a glass to freedom, something they can never take away. no matter what they tell you. to all of us. tomorrow there will be more of us. telling the story of tonight. ♪ ♪ it is only a matter of time. ♪ even when the dark comes crashing through, when you need a friend to carry you, and when you're broken on the ground, you will be found, so let the sun come streaming in, 'cause you'll reach up and you'll rise again, if you only look around, you will be found ♪ ♪ and when our children tell their stories.
constant paranoia and fear on their way to and from school. at this moment, please raise your hand if you have been affected by gun violence to honor the ones you have lost. today, i raise my hand in honor of my twin brother, zaire kelly. [applause] zaire was shot on september 20, 2017, on his way home from a competitive college counseling after-school program called college bound. zaire had a personality that would light up the room. he was energetic and full of dreams and aspirations. he was our team captain on our track team. he was running for student government president and he was a youth counsel member. he aspired to be a forensic scientist and attend florida a&m university for undergrad.
[applause] zaire was also the best dresser i knew, the most style. [applause] he was a person, a leader, an inspirer, not just another statistic. i was in contact with zaire while he was walking home, texting him and calling him all through the night. about 20 to 30 minutes went by and i became worried because the walk doesn't take 30 minutes. i left my room to ask my mom where i was until i saw flashing blue and red lights outside my window. i told my parents there were police cars and an ambulance on our street. we rushed outside discovering it was zaire. that night, on september 20, a robber with a gun was lurking on my streets for hours. on my walk home, he attempted to rob me but i ran.
though he had an ankle monitor on and he was supposed to be monitored by the police, he was still able to obtain a gun illegally, lurk my streets and take my brother's life. he shot my brother in the head. [cheers] once we arrived to the hospital, he was pronounced dead. from the time we were born, we shared everything, including issues. i spent time with him every day because we went to the same school, shared the same friends and we even shared the same room. can you imagine how it would be to lose someone that close to you.
sadly, too many of my friends and peers can. this school year alone, my school lost two students to senseless gun violence, paris brown and my brother, zaire kelly. [cheers] in january, there were six students killed under the age of 19 by guns here in washington, d.c. in my brother's name, my family's proposing the zaire kelly public safety zone amendments act of 2018. [cheers] this act aims to create safe passing zones for students to and from schools and other activities by expanding the definition of a student. with this amendment, a student would be defined by any person enrolled in a public and private daycare center, elementary school, vocational school, secondary school -- excuse me --
[cheers] a college, junior college, university, and expand zones to include recreation centers. this amendment means that every student in washington, d.c. would carry the protection of my brother's name ensuring safety as they travel to and from school in our city. my name is zion kelly. just like all of you, i have had enough. [cheers] >> first off, i'm going to start off by putting this price tag right here as a reminder for you guys to know how much marco rubio took for every student's life in florida. $1.05. ok.
the cold grasp of corruption shackles the district of columbia. the winter is over. change is here. the sun shines on a new day and the day is ours. first-time voters chose trump 18% of the time in midterm elections. not anymore. first-time voters show up 18% of the time in midterm elections. not anymore. who here is going to vote in the 2018 election? if you listen real close, you can hear the people in power shaking. they've gotten used to being protective of their position, the safety of inaction. inaction is no longer safe and to that we say, no more!
96 people -- 96 people die every day from guns in our country yet most representatives have no public stance on guns and to that we say, no more! [cheering] we are going to make this a voting issue. we are going to take this to every election, to every state and every city. we're going to make sure the best people get in our elections to run not as politicians but as americans because this, this is not cutting it. when people try to suppress your vote and there are people who stand against you because you're too young, we say, no more! when politicians say your voice doesn't matter because the n.r.a. owns them, we say no more! when politicians send us thoughts and prayers with no
action, we say, no more! and to those politicians supported by the n.r.a. that allow the continued slaughter of our children and our future, i say get your resumes ready. today is the beginning of spring and tomorrow is the beginning of democracy. now is the time to come together, not as democrats, not as republicans, but as americans. americans of the same flesh and blood that care about one thing and one thing only and that's the future of this country and the children that are going to lead it. now, they will try to separate us in demographics. they will try to separate us by religion, race, congressional district and class. they will fail! we will come together!
we will get rid of these public servants that only serve the gun lobby and we will save lives! you are those heroes! lastly, let's put the u.s.a. over the n.r.a. this is the start of the spring and the blossoming of our democracy so let's take this to our local legislators and let's take this to midterm elections because without the persistent heat, without the persistence of voters everywhere getting out to every election, democracy will not flourish but it can and it will. so i say to those politicians that say change will not come, i say we will not stop until every man, every woman, every child and every american can live without fear of gun violence, and to that, i say, no more! thank you. i love you all. god bless all of you.
adding a minute to honor courtland arrington, an african american girl who was a victim of gun violence in alabama after the parkland shooting. i am here today to represent courtland arrington and hadia pendleton and tiana thompson who at 16 was shot dead in her home here in washington, d.c. i am here today to acknowledge and represent the african american girls whose stories don't make the front page of every national newspaper. [cheering] whose stories don't lead on the evening news. i represent the african american women who are victims of gun violence who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential. [cheering] it is my privilege to be here today.
i am full of privilege. my voice has been heard. i'm here to acknowledge their stories, to say they matter, to say their names, because i can and i was asked to be. [cheering] for far too long, these names, these black girls and women have been just numbers. i'm here to say never again for those girls too! [cheering] i am here to say that everyone should value those girls, too. [cheering] people have said that i am too young to have these thoughts on my own. people have said that i'm a tool of some nameless adult. [cheering] it's not true. [cheering] my friends and i might still be
11 and we might still be in elementary school but we know life isn't equal for everyone and we know what is right and wrong. we also know that we stand in the shadow of the capitol and we know that we have seven short years until we, too, have the right to vote. [cheering] so i'm here today to honor the words of toni morrison. if there's a book that you want to read but it hasn't been written yet, it must be the one you must be the one to write it. i urge everyone who hears my voice to join me in telling the stories that report told, to honor the girls, the women of color who were murdered at disproportionate rates in this nation. i urge each of you to help me write the narrative for this world and understand so these
girls and women are never forgotten. thank you. [cheering] >> look, it's really hard to get your driver's license, adopt a pet or get a credit card. but if you're 18 and you want to buy an ar-15 in too many states, that's no problem. you go to a gun show in about 32 states and you can have one in about one hour. we can't even buy a beer until we're 21. that makes no sense. these semi-automatic weapons were designed for war, not to hunt or shoot clays. they're not cool toys. they're designed to kill people. 11 mass shootings were committed by men 21 and under. many used handguns with huge rounds of ammo and two used an ar-15. by raising the buying age to 21, we might have saved those lives.
enough is enough. it is time for change. never again. >> hi, i'm maya and i'm 16 years old and i'm in a creative writing program in chicago. [cheering] i just want to take this time and personally thank all of you for coming out here and letting me share this amazing opportunity with you guys. thank you so much. [cheering] i'm here because i have 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. chicago goes through this every day and you don't realize how much of a toll it is taking on
our city until you see it in our communities, you see it on someone you know, you see it on someone like me. freshman year in high school, i wanted to get some things from the store for my mom because she was sick. i remember pulling on all these clothes and going out in 10 degree weather. it was so cold. get to the score, grabbing all this stuff thinking maybe she needs this, maybe she needs that and finally getting into line. this guy in front of me all of a sudden gets upset because he didn't have enough money to pay for the things that he wanted to buy. he gets out of line and starts trashing the store throwing everything over the floor, pushing carts, making a fool out of himself. finally when i check out, i walk to the door and i'm ready to go when i hear a scream and a bang. i turn around and see he's grabbing all this stuff, pushing it into every crevice of his body, trying to grab as much as he can.
when he finally turns to me, he comes to me and i couldn't move, i couldn't breathe, i couldn't talk, i couldn't think. all i remember is seeing dark jeans coming towards me. he pulls out this silver pistol and points it in my face and says these words that to this day haunt me and give me nightmares. he said, if you said anything, i will find you, and yet i'm still saying something today. [cheering] guns have long scared our children, corrupted our adults and publicly silenced our government. guns have become the voice of america and the government is becoming more negligent by this predicament by the day. join me in sharing my pain and my anger.
help us by screaming to the gunmen that we are tired of crying for help to a group of people that turn their backs on us despite their reassurance of making our country safer! help us by screaming as loud as you can that we're tired of being forced under the rug. we're tired of seeing the faces of victims exposed on screens who were stolen from us too fast to even understand what and why it happened! [cheering] help us by sharing our stories to those who turn a blind eye and became deaf to our pleas for control. help us by honoring those who will never have a chance to contribute the turn of our nation. help us by vociferating the voices of those who are too
oppressed to even speak for themselves. together, we can make sure that what happens to me, the students at parkland and to the individuals who stand here now does not repeat itself to other people. we deserve safer schools, safer classrooms, safer streets and a safer place for us to learn and survive. we deserve better because i believe that we are the future and we must act on this civil inflicted war while we still can. the new generation depends on our actions and we must deliver them effectively and at once. we are the turn of the century. we are the voice for change. we are the pieces to fix what america is falling short on. make it happen! [cheering]
[chanting "vote them out"] >> we will hear more about guns and the second amendment tomorrow when georgetown university host a forum that gets underway at 5:30 p.m. eastern. live coverage here on c-span. c-span, for history unfolds daily. 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's cable television companies. today we continue to review unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events in washington, d.c. and around the country. c-span is brought