March for Our Lives Springfield will host a community conversation on gun violence Friday night. Among the guests will be the parents of Joaquin Oliver, a student killed in the Parkland shooting.
According to March for Our Lives Springfield, Manuel and Patricia Oliver have founded a nonprofit organization called Change the Ref to empower future leaders “to make changes to critical issues that affect our nation, through education, conversation, and activism.” The couple will be keynote speakers at the community conversation Friday night. It is scheduled to take place at the South Congregational Church in Springfield at 6:00 p.m., and is open to the public.
The Olivers’ visit is also part of a nationwide art project called “Walls of Demand.” Joaquin’s father Manuel has been creating murals across the country to remember his son and demand action against gun violence.
One of his murals will be installed at the South Congregational Church from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Members of the public will have a chance to sign their name on the mural.
Students across the country will also be taking part in a National School Walkout to rally for an end to gun violence and to mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.