Today, students and gun control advocates will gather in cities across the country — including Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. — to demand Congress act to protect students and others from the threat of gun violence. They'll be joined by politicians and celebrities, but what about the politicians they seek to compel to take action? We reached out to all 20 members of Pennsylvania's congressional delegation to see if they planned to attend any of this weekend's marches and where they stood on the gun issues driving the demonstrations. Here is what we found.
About 3,000 people are expected to attend Pittsburgh's March for Our Lives today, in conjunction with the national march organized by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after 17 people were killed there in February. National march organizers planned the march "to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues," the Post-Gazette reported. In Pittsburgh, participants will march through Downtown and then hold a rally in Market Square. Several government officials will speak, and volunteers will register voters. Free Lyft rides are available for participants, Patch reported.
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Listen in on a public education panel discussion about reforming Pennsylvania’s redistricting process. Fair Districts PA speaker Jim Scheuermann will explain the state’s current redistricting process and demonstrate how gerrymandering undermines democracy and how, specifically, women are affected by gerrymandering. And then, he'll offer a solution to the problem.
Where: Double Tree Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown at 1 Bigelow Square (Downtown)
When: March 24, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Shop for vintage clothing, accessories, home décor, vinyl records and more from dozens of local vendors. While you're there, get inspired by 1920s fashion at the History Center's newest exhibition, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Here's what you need to see at the exhibit.
Where: Heinz History Center at 1212 Smallman St. (Strip District)
When: March 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: $10
Pick up some handmade yarns and fiber at Pittsburgh’s only indie fiber arts marketplace. Chat with yarn and fiber dyers, spinners, designers, creators and sewers.
Where: Ace Hotel at 120 S. Whitfield St. (East Liberty)
When: March 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
More than a dozen of "your favorite local punx" will serve as vendors for the flea market. Dave Harris will provide the soundtrack for the evening.
Where: The Rock Room at 1054 Herron Ave. (Polish Hill)
When: March 24, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. to March 25, 2018 at 2:00 a.m.
To celebrate the 1,000th episode of WYEP's electronic music show, Dubmission, the show's host Kerem Gokmen will DJ live from 4—5 p.m. In the week leading up the party, tune in overnight for vintage episodes of Dubmission.
Where: WYEP at 67 Bedford Sq. (South Side)
When: March 24, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.