BEYOND THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and that we end gun violence in our schools and communities.
On Saturday, March 24, community members from Milford, PA, will gather for a “sibling march” as part of the March for Our Lives movement. The march is one of hundreds happening around the country planned by students and survivors of gun violence in communities big and small, in all 50 states. The national day of action will focus on calling for lawmakers to make students’ lives and safety a priority and to pass common-sense gun safety legislation.
The United Methodist Church has resolved to end gun violence. Local United Methodist congregations are encouraged to advocate at the local and national level for laws that prevent or reduce gun violence. (Book of Resolutions, 2016) To that end, we join with others around the country to march so we #neveragain have to mourn a child’s death by gun violence. We march to publicly declare that we want our lawmakers to work together to make change and address the epidemic of gun violence. #IWillMarch and we hope you will join us.
REGISTRATION AT THE DOOR -12 noon
Milford UMC @ 206 East Ann Street
Registration and waivers of liability need to be signed.
Refreshments will be available.
From the church thru Kennedy Triangle Park to Grey Towers National Historic Landmark, and back. More info below. Approximately 2.25 miles
ALL ARE WELCOME
We will be walking no matter what the weather so please dress appropriately. If possible, please wear orange or blue.
RSVP to this event site. We are registered with the national event site at MarchForOurLives.com or you can RSVP to our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/205883003341383/
This event is properly permitted and insured.
TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS
To Find Out More check out these websites and articles:
Our Facebook event page:
Our United Methodist Resolution to End Gun Control:
An article explaining why we get involved in such things:
And an article on how to get involved in such things:
Frequently Asked Questions – Milford, PA March For Our Lives
- What is the route for the march? The exact route planned for participant safety is to walk from the UMC (206 East Ann Street) down E Ann to 2nd street, passing Kennedy Triangle Park and up E Harford St. to the crosswalk at 4th street, crossing just before the library and then up the crosswalk crossing from the Dimmick to Rite Aid and remaining on that side of the street to the crosswalk at the post office, crossing in the crosswalk there, then staying on that side of W. Harford St. until just past Key Foods where we will cross in the crosswalk and go behind Apple Valley to the public field at the base of Grey Towers and then back again using the same route. Total distance is approximately 2.25 miles.
- Did the march get permits? The Borough of Milford has issued a special event permit for this event.
- What is expected of participants? This is a silent march in solemn remembrance of those who have lost their lives to gun violence and to demand change in gun safety policies.
- Participants should be dressed appropriately for a walk of this length and being out in the weather.
- Participants are asked to dress in blue or orange, the colors of this movement and can make and bring their own signs.
- Everyone is expected to abide by the Code of Conduct to ensure that nothing distracts from the message intended by this movement.
- We will be abiding by all applicable laws including crossing the street in crosswalks!
- Why was this route chosen? The route takes us through the Milford park named in honor of President John F. Kennedy, a victim of gun violence, to Grey Towers National Historic Landmark, where JFK visited Milford just before his tragic death. Delaware Valley High School’s band performed at that event. Delaware Valley students affected change in public policy at Grey Towers, where for years students were not permitted to enter the property for prom pictures and now are welcomed and accommodated. This student led policy change is a small local example and symbolic of the change this movement is designed to make in our nation.
The route attempts to maximize the safety of the participants while keeping traffic disruption to a minimum. Area residents know traffic in Milford can require patience as it is and pedestrians crossing at certain locations and outside crosswalks can find themselves in dangerous situations.
- What specific policy changes are being requested? The march is a public declaration that we want things to change and there to be no more school shootings. This is an excellent way for us to move beyond “thoughts and prayers” and to advocate at the local and national level for laws that prevent or reduce gun violence. “We are united in our belief that education is a fundamental right, that schools should be safe places to learn and grow, and that our communities should be safe. We can do better.”
- I want to help but I can’t attend on Saturday, what can I do? Register to vote. Contact your legislators. Donate at https://marchforourlives.com/donate/
Code of Conduct
By choosing to attend this event, you are committing to participate nonviolently and in accordance with the law, to work to de-escalate confrontations with others, and to obey the orders of authorized event marshals and of law enforcement. You also acknowledge that you are solely responsible for any injury or damage to your person or property resulting from or occurring during this event and that you release all event sponsors and organizers (and their officers, directors, employees, and agents) from any liability for that injury or damage.
I hereby acknowledge that I will abide by the Code of Conduct during today’s event to ensure that my conduct does not detract from the vital message of this movement:
I will treat everyone I encounter with respect.
I will not damage any property, public or private.
I will not spit.
I will not harass, curse or otherwise use foul language.
I will use the crosswalks whenever crossing Harford Street.