Federal and state elected officials have confirmed they will participate in a March For Our Lives, Highland Park Strong, Moms Demand Action protest in Glenview this Saturday calling for a special session of the Illinois General Assembly to pass a ban assault weapons.
The rally and march, in response to the mass shooting during the Highland Park Independence Day Parade where seven were killed and more than 30 injured, will take place in Gallery Park near Attea Secondary School at 13 hours.
The event was hosted by three recent graduates of Glenbrook South High School – Jordan Dahiya and Feliks Reznik, both graduates of the Class of 2020, and Claire Williams, Class of 2019. State Central Committee Member Lauren Beth Gash 10th District, is also working on organizing the event.
Confirmed attendees are U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-10th), U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-9th), Gash, State Senator Laura Fine (D-9th), State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-17e), Ethan Absler, a Highland Park resident, and Carin Flagaeger, Illinois state official for Moms Demand Action.
Dahiya told the Journal that the protest and march was one of many rallies held that day across the country in response to the Highland Park tragedy.
“It took something so close to home to start organizing,” Dahiya said. “It’s something we grew up with in the suburbs…it’s normalized.”
Gash said a virtual phone bank would kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday to call a special session of the Illinois General Assembly to enact gun control legislation, including a ban on firearms. ‘assault.
She said ahead of Saturday’s march, volunteers would do phone banking virtually from home or elsewhere from laptops and computers, calling on voters in state lawmakers living in swing districts to make pressure on these lawmakers to have state legislative leaders call the special session and support an assault on a gun ban in Illinois.
Schneider and Gash were lined up and ready to march with a contingent of Democrats at the end of the Highland Park parade when the shooting began. Gash said she saw people running in the opposite direction of the parade and at first she thought people were running for candy – until she heard the words “active shooter”.
Quickly, Gash said she rounded up Democratic Party interns there to take part in the parade, rounded them up in her Ford Escape, and drove them a few blocks from her home in Highland Park. Gash told the Journal that she turned more than once toward the parade, loading trainees into her vehicle. She said after being safely home, everyone waited between six and eight hours as the community remained locked down until the shooter was apprehended.
Cook County Commissioner Scott Britton (D-14th), a former Glenview village trustee, said he was a strong supporter of gun control legislation and would like to be at the event, but was traveling out of state. He said he plans to hold a town hall on guns and gun control legislation with Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-13e), who also represents a small portion of Glenview in the Journal area, at a time and location to be determined. .
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