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March for Our Lives, Washington D.C

A third grade teacher a Barnard Elementary School in protests at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

Ade Kanmbi teaches third grade at Barnard Elementary School in Washington, D.C. Wielding a sign that read “ARM ME WITH BOOKS NOT GUNS,” Kanmbi demonstrated against a system she feels is unfair to both teachers and students.

“I think it’s unconscionable some of the things we have to go through to get supplies,” she said. “The system doesn’t have money for books, for school supplies, but the system has money for guns?”

Kanmbi said she’s spent about $300 of her own money this year on supplies for her classroom, and she refuses to entertain the thought of carrying a gun at school. But first and foremost, she said, is making sure guns stay out of the wrong hands.

“It happened in Maryland a couple of days ago. It’s a matter of time before it happens here in D.C.” By Amy Zahn

A protest sign at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

One of hundreds of thousands of signs at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. By Amy Zahn

A demonstrator protests for stricter gun laws at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

Andre Dixon is a probation officer from Broward County, Florida. “We’re here today to make changes in the gun laws,” she said. “We want to protect our children.” Dixon’s 13 year old son attends American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida, a 20 minute drive from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“I didn’t know what was going on. I got a phone call from my mom, and she was like, there’s been a terrible shooting at Stoneman Douglas,” she said. When she first heard news of a shooting, Dixon was worried it could be at her son’s school. She hopes the march will be a step in making sure what happened in Parkland won’t happen again — at her son’s school, or anywhere else.

“Hopefully today will make a difference and our government will make the changes that we need,” she said. By Amy Zahn

A protester waves an American flag as she marches at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

Dixon waved an American flag as she marched. By Amy Zahn

Three young girls participating in March for Our Lives

Alyssa Heard, 13, Felicia Foster, 11, and Valtavia Johnson, 15. The three came to the march from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl, with their church.

“We lost 17 lives in Florida, and we lost another three lives (sic) in Maryland, and altogether we shouldn’t be losing any lives over a situation like that,” Alyssa said. She said the Parkland shooting hit a little too close to home for her and her classmates.

“When you think about it, you think, ‘Oh, that could have been my school,’ or ‘It could have been me that died,’” she said. By Amy Zahn

A group of protesters sit outside the National Archives at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

A group of demonstrators in front of the National Archives at the March for Our Lives. By Amy Zahn

Protest signs at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

Two protest signs on the ground near the bushes next to the “What is Past is Prologue” statue in front of the National Archives. By Amy Zahn

The crowd watches speakers and performers at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

A crowd of demonstrators listens to speakers at the March for Our Lives near the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 9th St. NW. By Amy Zahn

A wide shot of the crowd with the Capitol in the background at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

Almost a million people attended the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, flooding the streets of the capital. By Amy Zahn

A girl sits on her father's shoulders in the crowd at March for Our Lives, Washington, D.C.

A girl rises over a crowd of thousands at the March for Our Lives. By Amy Zahn

The crowd, including a man wearing a pussy hat, listen to speakers at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

A demonstrator wearing a pussy hat, like the ones worn at the Women’s March, listens to speakers at the March for Our Lives near the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 9th St. NW. By Amy Zahn

A protester claps while he listens to speakers at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

A demonstrator clapping as he listens to speakers at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. By Amy Zahn

A child holds up an anti-gun protest sign at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

A child demonstrating at the March for Our Lives on Saturday near the National Archives. By Amy Zahn

A protester holds up a sign that says "No way to prevent this, says the only nation where this regularly happens" at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

A demonstrator listens to Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt perform at the March for Our Lives on Saturday. By Amy Zahn

Protest signs in front of the White House after March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

Demonstrators laid their signs at a fence across the street from the White House after the crowds began to dissipate. By Amy Zahn

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