A pro-arms March For Our Lives scheduled this month in Washington, DC, will not take place at the National Mall due to a scheduling conflict.
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According to WTOP, the group behind the “March for our Lives” event submitted an authorization request to the National Park Service to organize the event at the mall on March 24th. Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the NPS, told the news that the agency had already received a permit application for some of the same areas on the day requested by the organizers of the march.
“We treat [on the basis of] first to arrive, first to be served,” Litterst told WTOP. “Then, because this area is not available, we are working with them to find other locations.”
Litterst said the NPS has received a film license for the region, and told the Washington Post that the request came from a “group of students at a local educational institution.”
An application for written authorization obtained by mail showed that the application had been submitted for a “student project” related to the “shooting of a talent contest”.
Litterst has promised that the NPS will work with Florida students to organize the march, which is expected to attract 500,000 participants to find an alternative space. He said other possible locations include Park West Potomac and Pennsylvania Avenue, that the local government is controlled C.C.
“In the end, it’s up to the organizers to decide where they want to go,” Litterst told WTOP. “We are working with them to find other places that are available and can accommodate the number of people they are interested in.”
The March, organized by students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month, drew national attention and financial support from celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney and Amal, who, along with Steven Spielberg have promised money to the event
According to the Post, the march will feature student presentations, musical artists and video tributes. The organizers of the march are also encouraging students in cities across the country to celebrate local marches.