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

Seek discussion on gun-violence legislation

Students who helped organize the recent March for Our Lives will host a town hall with current and prospective lawmakers

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

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 a freelance writer and former columnist for The Grand Rapids Press/ MLive.com. As a reporter for The Press 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. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today magazine, Religion News Service and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles' full bio or email Charles.


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