On Saturday, March 24th hundreds of thousands of Americans will take part in the March for Our Lives protests, movement advocating gun reform that sparked after the Parkland School shooting.
At least 10,000 will march in Houston during the event organized by area students.
A couple dozen students from Houston area schools gathered in a conference room Tuesday night in the Galleria to make signs and go over last minutes plans for Saturday’s march.
“We are making history right now,” said Kelly Choi, a senior at Cypress Woods High School.
“I was angry,” said Choi referencing past school shootings, “and so that's why I decided to get involved; to be the change that I didn't see in the higher ups.”
March for Our Lives Houston has grown from a simple Facebook page with a few members, to a seamless operation across approximately 80 Houston area schools.
“There is a media and press [groups],” explained Marcel McClinton, a junior at Stratford High School, “public relations, social media… fundraising.”
The march will take place at Tranquility Park at 9am, Saturday. Organizers are expecting roughly 20,000 people to attend.
Not only are students planning it all, they’ve also raised roughly $20,000 which will pay for logistics like traffic control, road closures and security.
Student organizers say the march is not tied to a political party and feel that gun reform is not a red or blue issue.
“I am a Republican loud and proud,” explained McClinton. “But this is more than just a political debate… a political issue, it's a moral one. Reform versus control are two different things.”
“This has given me hope that the future is bright,” said Choi, “that we can make a change and that we are going to do good things.”