As many as 200,000 demonstrators came out on a sunny spring morning in Manhattan to participate in the March for Our Lives. They joined almost a million marching in Washington DC, and hundreds of thousands more at more than 800 events across the country and around the world to demand gun control, and to defiantly stand-up to the American gun lobby. These are some photographs from the march in New York.


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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. (Ilford HP5+ 400) © Matthew Friedman

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Inspired by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, FL, who have emerged as eloquent and committed leaders of a swelling gun control campaign, the demonstrations on 24 March are part of a broader, and much more formidable mobilization of youth politics. Young demonstrators linked arms with parents and older allies, but they had a consistent message, best summed up by one young activist: “It’s good that you’re here, but old people like you have let us down.”

This is a youth movement with an explicitly generational politics. While its critique begins with gun control, it does not stop there. The generation on the march has, quite simply, had enough of their elders’ racism, sexism, and homophobia; they repudiate previous generations’ catastrophically shoddy stewardship of the environment; they demand an end to violence in all its forms. Their politics is instinctively, and intentionally intersectional – and they made it clear on this Saturday in late March that they will not let anything stop them.

These are the faces of the future; these are the faces of change.