The Boston City Council today voted unanimously to support planned student protests over gun violence on March 24 in Boston and across the country.
And councilors wanted to make it clear they support both students protesting because of the threat of mass slaughter at the hands of people wielding high-powered weaponry and students who have to worry about getting shot just on the way home from school.
"We may not have had, thank God, a school shooting, but we do have violence on our streets," Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End), who sponsored the resolution said.
"There is no hierarchy of hurt here," agreed Councilor Ayanna Pressley (at large), who said there are "forces at work" to try to divide white and black kids on the issue.
Councilor Kim Janey (Roxbury) said she will be at a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1607397545975790/">the rally on Boston Common, and asked other councilors to physically join here to help "acknowledge their pain" - and to let the teens lead the way to a gun-safer future. Edwards, who said she was particularly proud of teenagers for leading the protests, added she would attend as well.
Added Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury): "The young people of Parkland, Florida have given me incredible hope," because of the way they have risen from the tragedy of having 17 classmates gunned down.