MINEOLA, NY — The March for Our Lives group is holding rallies across the country to demand lawmakers pass gun legislation. The emergency comes after last month’s shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 students and two teachers were killed.
The main protest is scheduled for Washington on Saturday, but three rallies are planned for Long Island, Port Jefferson Station, Great Neck and Mineola, from the Nassau County Supreme Court to the Legislative Building.
Nicolette Carrion is a political science student at Baldwin’s Georgetown University.
“We are going to protest like so many other cities across the country,” Carrion said in a special edition of Patch AM.
Carrion said he worked with the national organization to secure grants, t-shirts and posters.
Sabrina Guo, who attends South Side High School in Rockville Center, also helps organize the Saturday afternoon Mineola rally.
“We have hundreds of registrants so far,” said Guo, who said speakers would include several politicians.
The teenager knows her future will include advocacy and activism in one form or another.
“Change starts with a united front from all walks of life, and that’s what we’re trying to accomplish through this rally,” Guo said.
“Yeah, we’re young and we definitely appeal to our high school audience,” Carrion said. “[But]we’ll have a multi-generational protest.”
The walk starts at 1:30 p.m.
You can watch the full interview below.