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A few things to know about 'March For Our Lives' KC on Saturday

Students walked out of class on March 14th to protest gun violence. On Saturday, March 24, they will rally at Theis Park in Kansas City joining thousands doing the same around the country
Students walked out of class on March 14th to protest gun violence. On Saturday, March 24, they will rally at Theis Park in Kansas City joining thousands doing the same around the country

An estimated 800 student-led marches against gun violence and for stricter gun laws are likely to take place across the country on Saturday, including one in Kansas City.

Organizers in Kansas City are hoping as many as 10,000 will join a "March for Our Lives" event at noon in Theis Park, just south of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

In Topeka, students, parents and teachers plan to converge on the Capitol steps to support the national movement launched by survivors of last month's Parkland, Fla., mass shooting.

Here are a few things you need to know about the Kansas City event.

What it is

The March for Our Lives event was conceived and organized by #NeverAgain, students who survived the Valentines day, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., along with Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group.

The march is the second national event organized by students, who on March 14 coordinated a national school walkout day. Thousands of students across the country, including many in Kansas and Missouri, walked out of class for 17 minutes in remembrance of the 17 students and teachers killed in the Parkland shooting.

Saturday's march organizers have said they have three primary demands: Ban assault weapons, such as the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle used in the Parkland shooting; prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines; and tighten loopholes on background checks and implement laws that would require background checks for every gun purchase.

The main March for Our Lives rally is expected to bring up to 500,000 protesters to downtown Washington, D.C..

Participants and attendees will likely use the hashtags #MarchForOurLives, #Enoughisenough and #Neveragain on social media.

What will happen in KC

The event will take place Saturday at noon in Theis Park, 533 Emanuel Cleaver Blvd., just south of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Performances, including music, slam poetry and speeches, will continue until about 3 p.m.

Mayor Sly James will speak at 2 p.m. Afterward, attendees can join a memorial march to the Country Club Plaza and back, remembering the 17 lives lost in Parkland and the more than 400 people shot and 138 killed in more than 200 school shootings since the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Organizers said that signs "promoting reasonable solutions" are permitted but ask that people do not hand out leaflets. They suggest that attendees bring food and drinks and a blanket or chair to sit on because organizers will not sell anything at the event. Portable toilets and trash cans will be available.

Parking

Organizers have arranged for people with the Lyft app to get a free ride, courtesy of the Lyft company, from their parked car to the march area. The dropoff location will be at Kauffman Memorial Garden adjacent to the park.

Parking has not been approved for attendees at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While the university will not be policing their lots during the march, it will enforce its permit parking regulations.

Handicap parking is available in the Kauffman Memorial Garden lot just east of Theis Park.

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