There are 7000 pairs of shoes outside the Capitol. Here's why

There are 7000 pairs of shoes outside the Capitol. Here's why

The group said in a statement that they collected 7,000 pairs of shoes for the memorial to bring "the heartbreak of gun violence to Congress' doorstep". Prominent celebrities, including Bette Midler and Chelsea Handler, helped publicize the drive via social media.

From 8:30 am to 2 pm, the shoes were displayed on the southeast lawn in the hope of sending a clear message to Congress: Reform gun control legislation or more children will be killed by gun violence. "And she said 'hi mommy".

According to marchforourlives.com, which has a map of planned protests across the country, there are also events planned for Clearwater, Pinellas Park, Brandon and Plant City. Her daughter survived the shooting.

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It comes nearly a month after 17 people were killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Activists and volunteers gathered at dawn, placing 7,000 colorful pairs of donated children's footwear side by side in a trapezoid shape to commemorate those who have died since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The symbolic shoe demonstrations likely draw inspiration from the renowned memorial at the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest that honors lives lost during the Holocaust.

And, on March 24, there will be another large demonstration against gun violence.

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