Chatham groups rally to end gun violence

CHATHAM—Local groups have planned a gathering for Saturday, June 11 at 11 a.m. at the Village of Chatham gazebo. Organizers say it is a call to action and for a moment of silence to honor the dead and a rally to end gun violence.

The public is invited to participate by gathering at Main Street and Park Row.

The national observance is March For Our Lives, a youth-led movement dedicated to promoting civic engagement, education and direct action by youth to eliminate the epidemic of gun violence.

The group first marched in 2018 after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and are marching again June 11 in Washington, D.C., and in hundreds of local marches on the same day across the nation.

Local groups gathering in Chatham include Chatham Neighbors for Peace and Upper Hudson Peace Action.

Other gatherings in this region include:

Saugerties at Cantine Field 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

New Paltz at Hasbrouck Park 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Albany at West Capital Park 10 to 11 a.m.

Read more about March For Our Lives at https://marchforourlives.com/mission-story/

The local group issuing the call to action describe themselves as social justice activists who monitor hate groups and other extremists throughout the Upper Hudson Valley and Taconic Hills and expose their activities to the public and the media.

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