Large crowd rallies in Allentown for March For Our Lives event

 

March For Our Lives rallies took place all across the country Saturday, including the Lehigh Valley and Berks County. Hundreds participated in Reading, Pottstown and Allentown.

A large crowd marched through the streets of downtown Allentown, made up of people of all different ages and backgrounds who came together for a common cause.

"I am absolutely sick of living in fear and being afraid of going onto a college campus," said Sophie Weber, a student at Muhlenberg College.

"I'm scared, I'm scared for my nieces, my nephew, my sister, I want change in this country," said college student Alexia Torres.

March For Our Lives was created and inspired by students across the country after the recent massacre at a Parkland, Florida high school. Their young voices rang out with one simple message, "not one more," referring to school shootings.

"As a student in high school I have to say I'm appalled by the lack of support for this cause by the very people who are supposed to protect us," said a student at Freedom High School.

"I want to see more restrictions on who can get guns, I want more background checks," said Weber.

"I think we're really going to be able to see assault rifles be banned and really get some gun reform," said Emma Rosenthal, a student at Muhlenberg College.

Some say the hard work and powerful actions from young people coast to coast is an inspiration to older generations.

"I think it's fantastic, I'm so proud of them, I'm so glad they're going to in charge of our future," said Mary Suydam form Bethlehem.

The movement has even impacted some lawmakers like Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey who spoke after the march.

"They're inspiring and holding accountable those who can cast a vote in ways I don't think we've ever seen," said Casey.

Young participants say the March For Our Lives is a call for action, instead of thoughts and prayers, from people who are sitting in classrooms in fear everyday.

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