Amy Schumer, Yara Shahidi and More to Speak at March for Our Lives
Connie Britton, Olivia Wilde and Skai Jackson will also attend the event, which has received massive support from Hollywood and a letter penned by former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.
Amy Schumer, Yara Shahidi, Connie Britton, Olivia Wilde and Skai Jackson are set to speak Saturday at the March for Our Lives rally in Los Angeles to protest gun violence and advocate for school safety.
"We are witnessing our generation, actively come together, in a global conversation, demanding action from lawmakers to invest in and assure our right to safety," said Shahidi in a statement. "I am inspired and motivated to continue to contribute through action, and am honored to be joining March for Our Lives, in Los Angeles this Saturday, to stand in solidarity with my peers from across the country, to demand an end to the gun violence plaguing our schools and our communities, once and for all."
Shahidi, Schumer, Britton, Wilde and Jackson will join L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti; students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; Rebecca Mieliwocki, the 2012 National Teacher of the Year; and William LeGate, the 23-year-old entrepreneur who is one of the leaders of the #BoycottNRA movement on Twitter, onstage at the rally. Charlie Puth will also perform at the event.
Schumer's appearance at the event will not be the first time she has publicly voiced her support for gun control. After a gunman killed two and injured nine during a screening of her film Trainwreck in 2015, the actress joined forces with her cousin, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, to advocate for new gun legislation, in particular laws that would create a financial reward for states that submit all necessary records to the federal background check system and penalize states that do not.
The main march will be held in Washington on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, while sister events will take place in cities including Los Angeles, Boston, New York and Chicago, according to the March for Our Lives website. The L.A. event starts at 9 a.m. PT.
March for Our Lives has garnered major support from Hollywood since its February announcement. Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, George and Amal Clooney, and Oprah Winfrey have all each donated $500,000 to support the cause. Jimmy Fallon, Kim Kardashian, Bette Midler, Julianne Moore and Debra Messing are also among those who have expressed their support of the event via social media and encouraged followers to sign the march’s petition.
A letter penned this week by former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama to the Parkland shooting survivors was shared on Twitter via Mic, where they expressed how they feel “inspired” by the students’ activism and commend their “awakening the conscience of our nation.”
“We wanted to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy,” the Obamas wrote, adding, “There may be setbacks; you may sometimes feel like progress is too slow in coming. But we have no doubt you are going to make an enormous difference in the days and years to come, and we will be there for you.”
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the letter @BarackObama and @MichelleObama wrote to the #ParklandShooting survivors. In it, the former president and first lady tell the teens that they’ve “inspired” them, and commend them on “awakening the conscience of our nation.” https://t.co/FOQYVguNFw pic.twitter.com/xEPHE6iUL2— Mic (@mic) March 21, 2018