JTA: ‘We march today because it’s what we have to do to sleep tonight’: Jewish students on the March For Our Lives

March 24, 2018

The organizers of the March for our Lives, almost all of them under 20, had a gun control agenda packed with specifics. They were able to get 800,000 people on and off of Washington D.C.’s Pennsylvania Avenue in three hours. They attracted A-list celebrities. They turned out marchers at more than 800 satellite events held around the world.

But the politics and logistics of the weekend often paled next to the simple — and harrowing — stories of the students who were inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, when a gunman roamed their halls and killed 17 students and faculty.