[Marxism] Reflections on the March for Our Lives | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

A.R. G amithrgupta at gmail.com
Mon Mar 26 13:42:09 MDT 2018

Also worth reading this for a detailed breakdown of what groups did (and
what groups did not) actually back this march. Most of them are
organizations that have always had very close ties to the Democratic



The march has been a magnet for the many advocacy organizations that have
pressed for gun control over many years. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun
Violence <http://www.bradycampaign.org/>, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
<https://www.csgv.org/> and Sandy Hook Promise
<https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/> all promote the march.

Two organizations, Everytown for Gun Safety <https://everytown.org/>
and Giffords
Courage to Fight <https://giffords.org/>, are playing a prominent role in
organizing sibling marches around the country and providing logistical
muscle for the main march in Washington. Everytown — along with its
grassroots organizing arm Moms Demand Action <https://momsdemandaction.org/>
 — has funded local marches, and maintains an interactive map
 showing where they are taking place.

Everytown for Gun Safety receives significant support from former New York
City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Giffords Courage to Fight emerged after the
shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and is the project of gun victim
and former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband Mark Kelly.

The liberal activist group MoveOn and Planned Parenthood also actively
support the march. Planned Parenthood lists 14 local marches
<https://plannedparenthoodevents.ngpvanhost.com/> on its website.

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington
<https://www.edow.org/ministries-and-networks/gun-violence-prevention/> is
coordinating housing and meals for out-of-town visitors.

March For Our Lives has had no trouble securing hefty donations from
Hollywood stars, companies and philanthropists.

George and Amal Clooney pledged $500,000
a sum that was quickly matched by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Kate
Capshaw, and others.

The Italian fashion company Gucci gave $500,000
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff
$1 million, as did billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad.

The march also raised more than $3 million
<https://www.gofundme.com/8psm8-march-for-our-lives> online through a
GoFundMe campaign."

Amith R. Gupta

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