Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Shoe memorial represents thousands of victims of U.S. gun violence

Shoe memorial represents thousands of victims of U.S. gun violence

According to global advocacy group Avaaz, which organized the protests, 7,000 pairs of shoes were collected for the "Monument for our Kids" memorial to bring "the heartbreak of gun violence to Congress" doorstep'. Some of the shoes being placed on the lawn are from some of the victims, according to Avaaz.

Pairs of shoes are laid out on the lawn outside of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, March 13, 2018. Some of the shoes (notably elementary and middle school sizes) were donated by families that lost their children to gun violence. "I'll be traveling to DC literally wearing my son Daniel's shoes, the ones he wore the day he died at Columbine", he said.

The organization also said that some celebrities donated shoes as well, including Bette Midler, Susan Sarandon, Alyssa Milano, and Chelsea Handler.

Per the group's website, all of the shoes will be donated to Washington, D.C., area homeless shelters and charities after the memorial concludes. "And she said 'hi mommy". Her daughter survived the shooting.

More news: Dion Lewis reportedly plans on signing with Titans

"The culture on guns is shifting, and we can all feel it", she said. In 2015, they lined up thousands of shoes in Paris in a protest for climate change action. A sea of empty shoes also filled the grounds outside the Department of Health in 2016 to represent the millions of uninsured people who die each year from treatable conditions.

This isn't the first display addressing gun violence from Avaaz.

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

The demonstration was genuine and took place on 13 March 2018. There has been, on average, at least one school shooting a week in the United States since 2013.

Like this: