Thousands turn out for 'March for Our Lives' events
Paul Nelson is reporting for the Times Union the massive "March for Our Lives" demonstration brought thousands to the streets around West Capitol park in Albany, March 24. A crowd of 3,000 to 5,000 people packed the park and jammed the streets in protest afterward to call for an end to gun violence and stricter gun control legislation. Local high school students organized the Albany event in solidarity with similar actions taking place nationwide, including the largest event in Washington, D.C., which drew an estimated 800,000 people. Students organized the events around the gun control issue and reminded politicians that many of them are old enough to vote or will be soon. Patricia Doxsey is reporting in the Daily Freeman nearly 8,000 people turned out to March for Our Lives across the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie. Marchers came from across the region, some from as far away as Milford, Connecticut, an area near Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 26 children and adults were gunned down in December 2012. Jordan J. Michael is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media Indivisible CD19 NY took the occasion to hold a discussion on gun violence that included all seven 19th Congressional District Democratic primary candidates the evening of March 24. The more than three-hour event included remarks from retired professor James Halpern about disaster mental health intervention, a panel with Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann and a push for voter registration, as well.