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Rallies, speeches and demonstrations planned across the city

A wave of events and demonstrations rolls out across the area today, as students stage walkouts against gun violence, educators rally for school safety and the #MeToo movement returns to the public eye.

At Freeman High School, students plan to leave their classrooms at 10 a.m. and convene on the football field. Speeches will be delivered.

Other walkouts are planned for schools across the city and region. Students from a number of high schools plan a noon rally at Riverfront Park, after leaving their respective schools at 10 a.m. At Central Valley and University high schools, students will stage a 10 a.m. walkout and convene at Terrace View Park, in Spokane Valley, at 10:30.

In the afternoon, the Washington Education Association is holding a rally from 4 to 5 p.m. between the Spokane River and the INB Performing Arts Center commemorating the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. Kai Koerber, a student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where a shooting occurred Feb. 14, is slated to speak. More than 1,000 educators, students and parents are expected.

Finally, two prominent figures in the #MeToo movement – Tarana Burke, one of the movement’s originators, and journalist Ronan Farrow, who helped break the story on accusations against Harvey Weinstein – will speak at Gonzaga University as part of its Presidential Speaker Series.


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