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    • I went to Oakland first. I was in elementary school here and my memory was of a run-down, crime-infested city. But now the downtown is beautiful with lots of impressive construction, which helped me relax and focus on people in the march whose stories I wanted to hear.

    • There were so many youth, so energized. This is Satchell marching with his we are the leaders we've been waiting for sign. His sister is carrying the other sign. They are the online generation, so naturally they went online to look for signs that moved them most. Satchell is a senior in high school heading for college. They feel they are the generation that grew up with active shooter drills in their classrooms and they are the ones who will make change.

    • Chris MacAskill

      The Parkland survivors seem to be emerging as national heroes to a generation of youth and their parents.

    • I watched portions of the Washington march on TV. Brought tears to my eyes to see so many deeply committed young people. And joy and wonder at their words. Perhaps there is hope for our future after all . . .

    • Most of the speakers were youth and they were SO INSPIRING!! I had chills.

    • These three adorables charmed most people who passed by. I spoke to their mothers and they said they just gave them blank paper and colored markers and the girls thought up what to say. I laughed at more WATER guns. But honestly, looking at these girls and thinking of an active shooter...I...just...can't.

    • Chris MacAskill

      This is Alex Fister, left, head of the March For Your Lives club at her school, which she organized, along with her best friend Leila Malone, who is the secretary. They organized students in the club to come to the big SF rally all decked out in their school colors. They were both exceptionally articulate and passionate, like the Parkland students.

      I asked if there was a personal experience that motivated them. No, just human decency and the thought that no child should have to rehearse their death by gunman under a desk at school.

    • I wondered why these two girls were being interviewed on TV. It was because they were about to take the stage ahead of Diane Feinstein in front of a massive crowd as far as my eye could see. I would have panicked if I were them at that age.

    • Chris MacAskill

      But they didn't panic. They sounded calm, poised, really well prepared with speeches that electrified the crowd. There was wild cheering. And mr. trying-to-be-objective, acting-like-a-photojournalist (me)? I cried.

    • I got to talk to these doctors before they got pulled away for a group shot. The Doctor on the left works the emergency room at a Kaiser hospital. He's married to the doctor in the center, who works at UCSF medical center. Needless to say, it's heartbreaking to try and save the life of children with gunshot wounds.

    • The doctors were pretty media-savvy. I really had to work at getting this shot with my iPhone because there were so many people crowded around to get the same shot with their phones, to show their friends I guess.

    • I saw a quite a few teachers protesting the idea of teachers being armed. This is Marit. She teaches 6th grade in Redwood City and those are her three children. She was wonderfully kind but very worried about teachers with guns.

    • Jack, on the left, is a retired science teacher, and Ted still teaches music. They were here to support the students they have given their careers to. Both are opposed to guns in teacher's hands. Most school shootings occur from another student and Ted said he didn't think he could ever shoot one. The thought horrifies him.

    • Chris MacAskill

      The crowd was filled with families, parents with their children, marching together. I asked this family how they came up with the line, bullets are not school supplies. They gave me a surprised look as if to say, isn't it obvious?

    • There were many worried parents with signs. While I took a picture of this sign, a youth was explaining why she's terrified of going to theaters where people bring backpacks.

    • Chris MacAskill

      I wondered what the youth in the audience were thinking as they heard other speakers their age say, "If we are old enough to practice lockdown drills, and prepare for our deaths, aren't we old enough to talk about guns?"

      I asked one about the negative things being said about them, and she said it's okay because they grew up with social media and the world as it is now, so they know not to pay attention to trolls and haters.

      What do you think?

    • These kids are so incredible. It's hard to be cynical about the state of the world when I see how determined the next generation is to fix the problems they're inheriting from my generation and the generations before us.

      😢

    • While 'the leader of the free world' snuck into Mar a Lago via a back street (to avoid demonstrators?) these incredible kids marched in open sunshine to peacefully and passionately show our divided nation a way forward. We'd better pay attention!

    • thank you for capturing these Chris! we went to the SF march and it was inspiring to see the turn out of so many people from different walks of life

    • There was a lot of TV coverage of the marches here in Australia, I was surprised that in the interviews with Australian media how many mentioned Australias gun laws.

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