Parkland victim family members will be featured speakers
A large group of passionate Long Island high school students are holding a Rally to End Gun Violence on Sunday, July 29, at 12 noon, at Breezy Park in Huntington. The rally is the second event that this group of students have hosted to highlight the need for common sense gun safety reform. The first event was held at Farmingdale State College, cohosted by Congressman Tom Suozzi, as a part of the March for Our Lives nationwide rallies on March 24, 2018. More than 1,500 attended the Farmingdale rally.
The students asked Suozzi to again help them hold another rally as a way to keep the focus on the need for gun violence prevention. The students met weekly and formed committees to organize the rally, including choosing speakers, creating a program, designing digital content for the rally’s social media and promoting the event.
The students will meet at Oakwood Park at 12 noon and march together to the rally at Breezy Park. Believing that voting is the only way to make their voices heard and get a needed change on this important issue, the group will provide voter registration to attendees and encourage them to vote in November.
Several students will be speaking at the rally, along with Suozzi, and relatives of Parkland victims Scott Beigel and Jaime Guttenberg—Beigel’s niece and parents, Lucy Peters, Linda Beigel and Michael Schulman; and Guttenberg’s uncle, Paul Guttenberg.
The student planning committee is partnering with former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ organization, Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, as well as Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and March for Our Lives-LI.