"March for Our Lives" tour comes to Sioux City
Sioux City, IA —
Students of Parkland, Florida have taken the "March for Our Lives" on tour nationally.
One of those stops was right here in Sioux City.
The tour has made several stops already, picking students up along the way.
Today's stop here in Sioux City focused on two things: talking with local students about the importance of voting and sending a message to Congressman Steve King.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas student, Jaclyn Corin said, "We were the ones to tell the story, no one else was going to tell the story for us, we wanted to make sure that they were covering the right things."
And that's how the March For Our lives movement began, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School making sure they were getting their voices heard.
Now these students are traveling across the country engaging other students from different backgrounds, hoping to spread their message of change by encouraging young people to vote.
"We wanted to demand that morally just leaders are put into office," said Corin.
Stopping here in Iowa, the students rallied against Representative Steve King.
"You aren't afraid of a monster if you can't see the face. We don't want to make Steve King afraid of his constiuents, we want to show him that if he doesn't represent their values he will be held accountable," said Marjory Stoneman Douglas student, Alfonso Calderon.
For one Bishop Heelan grad, she said what she wants from this whole process, is something that should have been there all along.
"Honestly it's kind of sad that this is a bare minimum I'm hoping for but just awareness. Just people acknowledging that this is a problem because what I'm seeing happening in the town is we'll be talking about this conversation and we'll be brushed off," said Libby Markham.
These students from Parkland and here in Sioux City made it very tough to get brushed off, bringing their message straight to the Federal Building, and headquarters for Representative King's office.
Marching in the rain to his office, the group chanted and publicly demanded a meeting with King's staff.
Once outside the group held a vigil for those who lost their lives that day.
While the movement does go after quote "unmoral leaders," for the students in the March for Our Lives tour, it's much more than that.
Corin said, "It's important to remember that this movement is nonpartisan. Because it's not about Democrat and Republican. It's about saving lives."
Congressman King is currently in Washington but while at the federal building his staff did allow the students to meet with them in pairs.