|(March 24, 2018, 9:05 p.m.) -- A crowd of several thousand people -- a mix of students (mainly) with adults of parent age (many) and grandparent age (some) -- converged on LB's Bixby Park this morning (March 24) for a "March for our Lives LB" rally and march, one of several hundred taking place across the country.
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Wilson High's choir director, Isaiah Walker, made introductory remarks (and the choir performed Sam Cooke's 1960's civic rights themed A Change Is Gonna Come. In remarks as we were setting up, Mayor Garcia told the crowd that in many ways adults "had failed our kids," encouraged the young people to continue their involvement and added "enough is enough."
The first student speaker was event co-organizer Trevor Schnack (CA Academy of Math and Science). Mr. Schnack used hand-written notes until a breeze propelled the pages off the podium and he spoke off the cuff, drawing applause. Other student speakers were Montserrat Pineda, Josie Hahn and Tia Shackeroff (the latter reading a poem.) After marching downtown and back, concluding speakers included event co-organizer Sterling Raiklen (Millikan High) plus Coco Sanabria, Adriana Luna and Caleb Zaldana.
Also addressing the sea of new or soon-to-be-new voters plus their parents at the initial rally were 3rd district Councilwoman Suzie Price, L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn and LBUSD Board President Megan Kerr.
At the start of March 13 LB City Council meeting, Mayor Garcia gave Mr. Schnack non-agendized podium time to promote the rally and march.
On March 5, the LB School Board voted
RESOLUTION NO. 030718-A A RESOLUTION OF THE GOVERNING BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE LONG BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT REGARDING GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, on March 14 various LBUSD high schools allowed students to exit their classes from 10:00 a.m. to roughly 10:40 a.m. for on-campus outdoor events on marking the one month anniversary of the Florida school mass shooting.
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