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March for Our Lives rally planned in Reading City Park

'It's teaching me how to stand up for myself'

READING, Pa. - She's a junior at Reading Senior High School, inspired by a student and a movement, hundreds of miles away.

"I had saw that Emma Gonzalez had posted something about it on Twitter," said Janeice Burns, one of the students behind the March for Our Lives rally in Reading.

After high school students in Parkland, Florida, spoke out following a shooting that left 17 people dead and announced a planned march in Washington D.C. on March 24, Burns got to work herself.

"We posted about it on social media. We have been getting a lot of feedback. Different groups have been reaching out," Burns said.

She's hoping that at the March for Our Lives Reading rally, set to begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at City Park, local students' voices will be heard.

"It's teaching me how to stand up for myself and how to stand up for my community," said Burns.

Some local activist organizations are lending a hand, like Indivisible Berks. The group is backing the event while also making sure students stay at the forefront.

"The most important thing is that the kids are the ones doing this," said Jane Palmer, director of Indivisible Berks. "We make sure they're the ones setting the agenda. We have not coached them in any way about what to say."

City Park will serve as the starting point for Saturday's march and rally as students and supporters will gather there before moving along North 13th Street and arriving at the steps of Reading High School.

"Tomorrow, I'm hoping that it will be big," said Burns. "I hope that everyone could come out and we could all hear the students voices."


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