TRABUCO CANYON, CA — Thousands of people, including students, teachers and parents from across Orange County will participate in the OC March For Our Lives 2018 Saturday morning.
Students from Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Trabuco Canyon, Ladera Ranch, Newport Beach, Los Alamitos, Santa Ana, Anaheim and Yorba Linda are working to plan the nonpartisan event.
Hundreds of thousands of people across the country are expected to participate in the March for Our Lives demonstrations this weekend. In the Orange County demonstrations are also planned in with large marches planned in Orange, Santa Ana, Irvine, Huntington Beach Laguna Beach and San Clemente.
A little more than a week ago, thousands of high school and middle school students in Orange County walked out of class as part of a nationwide effort to push lawmakers to come up with "common sense gun control" laws and to remember the victims of the tragic February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead.
Organizers of the South Orange County event say the rally will begin at 10 a.m. at the San Clemente library, 242 Avenida Del Mar in San Clemente. The group plans for kids and families of March For Our Lives to take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.
"March with us in Washington DC or march in your own community," organizers said. "On March 24, the collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard."
They will wrap the demonstration with a gun violence prevention resource fair to help share information about signing petitions, registering to vote and learning about mental health care. Those are attending are encouraged to register to participate.
Photo: courtesy Margaret Wold-Sackey