March for Our Lives - Las Vegas Edition

by Paul G March. 28, 2018 282 views

I made it to the Las Vegas march this past weekend. I wasn't able to stick around for the whole event (had to go to work), but was able to stay until the march started out.

I was surprised how many people actually showed up. I don't see Las Vegas as a big participant in these types of things - not because people disagree, but I just don't think the people here have much enthusiasm for these types of things (regardless of what side of an issue they may be on). The anniversary of the women's march earlier this year was held at Sam Boyd Stadium. I didn't go, but from the pictures I saw, it was a pretty low turnout.

I do wish I still lived in DC, though. The size of that march was pretty incredible. Whether it hit the 800,000 that some are estimating, I have no idea. But it had to be close.

The march here had all kinds of people. Young (of course), but also middle-age and older generations.

This picture of an African-American man talking to a young white boy may be my favorite of what I took (right around 200 pictures).

The march started at the parking lot behind the Smith Center and made its way to Las Vegas City Hall. I don't know if any elected officials joined in - there might have been one or two at the rally at the end of the march.

The kids led the march, as it should be. I just hope that they keep at it. That they don't get jaded or disillusioned. If they keep it up, the elections in 2018 and 2020 could be very interesting.

Another favorite picture of a determined kid marching with his sign.

The news estimated that there were 2,000-4,000 people at the Las Vegas march. I am guessing around 3,500 myself. When I arrived, there were maybe 100 people (it was a full two hours before the scheduled start). But they just kept coming. Even after the march had started and left the parking lot, people were showing up.

I finish with a 50-year old quote from Robert Kennedy that is still relevant today:


Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

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