Angela Owen marches with her 7-year-old son Liam Yder.
Hundreds of people — young and old — took to the streets of Arcata yesterday as a part of the nationwide March for Our Lives event to demand gun control and school safety measures.
The local march — which drew as many as 1,000 people by some estimates — was organized by students at Arcata High School and North Coast Preparatory Academy. It began at the Creamery Building, where attendees heard a number of speeches from local high school students, as well as one by Arcata Mayor Sofia Pereira, before marching to the plaza and back.
Local photographer Mark McKenna was there to document the gathering and the march, which drew the large turnout despite cold, rainy weather. Check out his slideshow below. And to read a variety of student perspectives on gun violence, school shootings and what can be done to stop them, check out this week's Journal
cover story here
, which features a variety of opinion pieces penned by local high school students. (If you want to take a deep dive, click here
to find the full, unabridged version.)