By Erin Baldassari | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: July 22, 2018 at 5:50 pm | UPDATED: July 22, 2018 at 5:51 pm OAKLAND — Every day when he’s in class, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Alfonso Calderon sits 20 feet from rooms where his schoolmates were shot and killed. The rising senior, 16, knew right away following the Valentine’s Day massacre in Parkland, Florida, that he couldn’t sit idly by without turning the anger and fear he felt that day into action. He was one of several students from the school who stopped by Oakland on Sunday as part of a national bus tour, called “March for Our Lives: Road to Change,” to speak out against gun violence and advocate for stricter gun-control laws nationally. The tour, which began on June 15 in Chicago, offers a chance to meet with other organizers and register people to vote. Along the way, Calderon has spoken with members of Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota; spent Father’s Day with the dad of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri; sat with immigrant rights’ organizations; and spoke with people fighting gang violence in their… Read full this story
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