by Mike Knaak
A march is planned in Sartell for Saturday, March 24, as part of the national March for Our Lives movement.
The Sartell march will start at 10 a.m. at Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N., and end at First United Methodist Church.
Sartell resident Angie Trulson organized the event.
“I heard some people were going to the march in the metro area. I realized there was no Sibling March in central Minnesota and I felt there was a gap,” said Trulson, who is the program coordinator at St. Cloud’s Whitney Senior Center.
“It’s a personal issue for me,” she said. “Less than a year ago my brother was murdered by a disgruntled employee with a gun. That made me passionate about the issue.”
The march is one of hundreds happening around the country planned by students and survivors of gun violence. 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 movement started in response to the Feb. 14 high-school shooting in Parkland, Fla., where 17 died.
“This is not an anti-gun protest, it’s an end-gun-violence peace rally,” Trulson aid.
“My desire in organizing this event is to promote not just gun safety in school but everywhere,” she said. “There’s strength and healing power by gathering together with other people who have been touched by gun violence or by anyone wondering if they are going to be safe at work, a movie theater or at school. We’re promoting peace and safe public spaces for all.”
Event registration is at tinyurl.com/MFOLsartell.