PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Police estimate 12,000 people marched Saturday morning from the North Park Blocks to Pioneer Courthouse Square, demanding tighter gun regulations following recent high-profile school shootings.
Students took to the microphone in front of thousands, and the rally concluded with a performance by Grammy award winning performer Portugal, The Man. Erik Howk is a member of the band, who told the crowd “We’re here to lend our support to your movement, This is a crowd that represents incredible bravery and progress.”
The demonstration comes just over a week after students walked out of schools for 17 minutes in recognition of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Around 1,000 people also marched in Salem, and hundreds marched in Vancouver.