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Local students invite congressional candidates to March for Our Lives town hall

Seek discussion on gun-violence legislation


Having made known their demands for safer schools and stronger gun laws in the March for Our Lives, more than a dozen local students are hosting a town hall meeting with U.S. congressional candidates to address solutions to gun violence.

What: Town Hall for Our Lives


When:
6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 7

Where: Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE

A Town Hall for Our Lives will be held Saturday, April 7, at Fountain Street Church. Students invited U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, but he is not planning to attend. Amash “will be observing Orthodox Holy Saturday (prior to Orthodox Easter on Sunday) with his family and faith community,” said Corie Whalen, his communications director.

However, Fountain Street senior minister the Rev. Fred Wooden and Cathy Albro, Democratic challengers to Amash’s 3rd district congressional seat, have confirmed their attendance, organizers said.

Led by students from City High School, and other Grand Rapids Public Schools, Forest Hills and East Grand Rapids, the event is in conjunction with other student-hosted town halls around the country at the urging of student activists from Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and staff were killed in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“The purpose of the town hall is to find out what our representatives plan on doing about gun control and gun violence, and how they plan on keeping us safe,” said Ellie Lancaster, a senior at City High who has been active in protests following the Parkland shooting.

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Charles Honey is editor-in-chief of SNN, and covers Rockford and Grand Rapids. As a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press/mLive from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years and its columnist for 20. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion News Service and Faith & Leadership magazine. Read Charles' full bio or email Charles.

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