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'March for Our Lives' organizers: 'It's an issue of life and death'

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Hundreds of thousands of students, leaders, supporters and gun violence survivors are making sure their voices are heard and presence is felt as they participate in March For Our Lives rallies across the country, including throughout metro Atlanta this weekend.

CBS46 will have team coverage of a rally in downtown Atlanta as well as in Washington D.C.

Organizers of an anti-gun violence march expected to draw large numbers of protesters to Washington this weekend told CNN's Jake Tapper on Friday that their cause is not a partisan issue.

"It's an issue of life and death," said Alex Wind, a student who survived the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. "Everyone has their own idea of how this needs to change, but I think we all agree that this needs to change. The mass shooting epidemic we have in this country is terrible."

Wind and fellow student Emma Gonzalez said the "March for Our Lives" rally is an attempt to sway lawmakers to act to stop future gun violence, as well as an effort to inspire additional marches in other parts of the country.

It has been five weeks since the shooting in Parkland that killed 17 students and teachers.

"Everything on February 14 completely changed who I am," Wind told Tapper of his experience during the shooting.

Although President Donald Trump and Congress won't be in Washington for the march, Gonzalez and Wind said they're not discouraged by that.

"It doesn't matter who's going to be there -- what matters is that our presence is known," Wind said. "If they're not going to be there, we're still going to march. We're still going to make our voices heard."

Gonzalez said this is only the beginning of a movement by students and members of the Parkland community.

"They're getting a platform of their own," Gonzalez said. "I know that a lot of them have been talking on Twitter, they've been talking to politicians."

Marches Around Metro Atlanta

On Saturday at 11 a.m. thousands of people will meet at the Center for Civil and Human Rights Center at 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard in Atlanta to begin a two-mile march to the state's capitol. Watch on Facebook here.

Civil Rights activist turned Congressman John Lewis will deliver the keynote speech when the march ends at Liberty Plaza.

Other events will be held at:

Benjamin E Mays High School

3450 Benjamin E Mays Dr. SW

Atlanta, Ga 30331

Cedar Grove High School

2360 River Road

Ellenwood, Ga 30294

Covington Square

2101 Washington St SW #101

Covington, Ga 30014

Oconee Veterans Park

3500 Hog Mountain Road

Watkinsville, Ga 30677

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