Organizers make final preps for Portland March For Our Lives event
Thousands of people will gather across the region Saturday as part of national March For Our Lives.
The national movement was organized by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Organizers made final preparations Friday for the protest against gun violence.
The Portland march starts at the North Park Blocks at 10 a.m. It will end at Pioneer Courthouse Square where artist Portugal the Man will perform a free concert.
Police said local event organizers have been working closely with them on the march route.
“We expect a very energetic crowd,” said Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. “We have no information or concerns about any threats or any large-scale counter demonstrations, as it were. But certainly we’re aware that things will pop up along a route that we need to deal with.”
The group will have its own safety monitors in the crowd.
Local students on Friday looked forward to the march and taking matters into their own hands. They said if they don’t stand up for themselves, who will?
“I’m here because it (has) become necessary for me to be here,” said Finn Jacobson, a 14-year-old eighth-grader and one of the local organizers of the march. “It’s kind of time to stand up to the people who’ve waved us off for so long and told us that these issues aren’t important, and they’re not going to stop hearing from us.”
Sophie Rupp, another local organizer, said she wants everyone to feel safe while at school.
“Education is our right, and kids should be able to exercise that right without feeling like they’re in danger going to school,” she said.
There are many marches happening around our area on Saturday. Click here for a complete list.
Traffic and TriMet Impacts
Expect a number of street closures in downtown Portland during the event.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation said all lanes on West Burnside will be closed from 9th to Broadway, and all lanes of Southwest Broadway will be closed from Burnside to Yamhill.
The march will also affect bus and MAX lines. The 15, 17 and 20 bus routes will be detoured from about 10:30 a.m. to noon. Also, TriMet is closing both Pioneer Square north and south MAX stations. that means anyone riding the Blue or Red line will need to get off prior to or after Pioneer Square. That's expected to last from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.