Above: Sabina Smith, Abby Brafman, and Puja Jagasia, organizers of March For Our Lives Nashville. // SUBMITTED
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE
A Vanderbilt University freshman who is a 2017 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is one of three organizers of March For Our Lives Nashville, a march for school safety meant to parallel a national event on March 24.
On Feb. 14, 2018, 17 students were senselessly murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after a former student entered the school and began shooting. After this horrific act, the school’s students declared that this epidemic of mass violence in our country cannot go on.
Efforts for Nashville’s sister march were prompted by Abby Brafman, a freshman at Vanderbilt University and a 2017 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. An idea quickly turned into a youth-led civic movement when a network of 70 fellow students asked how they could be involved and the larger Nashville community responded.
March For Our Lives Nashville is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at at downtown Nashville’s Public Square Park and conclude with a rally about 12:30 p.m. at the park. The march route loop is nearly 1.5 miles in distance.
It will parallel the march students are hosting on Saturday, March 24 in Washington, D.C. to draw attention to this nationwide issue. Students, teachers, and families in America are calling for legislative support to seek solutions for school safety.
Brafman, along with march organizers Sabina Smith and Puja Jagasia, also met with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to establish the March For Our Lives Nashville Fund, allowing for gifts made to support the event tax-deductible.
March organizers are calling for support from individuals, businesses, and foundations. Funds are needed to secure the necessary logistics so the 5,000 or more participants anticipated to attend on March 24 can feel both safe and inspired.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has set up a fund for the march at https://www.cfmt.org/