Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Miley Cyrus, Halsey and George and Amal Clooney were among the high profile names showing their support for gun violence protestors this weekend.
The student-led March For Our Lives rally in Washington DC in particular is shaping up to be one of the biggest protests in the city since the Vietnam War, with more than 500,00 predicted to attend.
As it unfolded on Saturday morning (the early hours of Sunday AEST), Kim Kardashian and Kanye West took their eldest daughter North to join in, and Miley Cyrus, George and Amal Clooney and Halsey were also there.
Protestors, many of them high school students, held banners painted with poignant statements, such as “Am I next?” and “Class of 2019? I hope so.”
Around 800 sister marches have been planned around the world over the weekend, in cities including Sydney, Berlin, London and Tel Aviv.
At a sister rally in New York, The Beatles icon Paul McCartney arrived wearing a T-shirt that read “We can end gun violence”, and told the crowd “One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it’s important to me.”
He was, of course, referring to fellow Beatles member John Lennon, who was shot dead outside his apartment in December 1980.
Some who could not attend a march have showed their support on social media.
Taylor Swift, who rarely speaks on political matters shared her support on Instagram, revealing she’d made a donation to the March For Our Lives movement.
No one should have to go to school in fear of gun violence. Or to a nightclub. Or to a concert. Or to a movie theater. Or to their place of worship. I’ve made a donation to show my support for the students, for the March For Our Lives campaign, for everyone affected by these tragedies, and to support gun reform. I’m so moved by the Parkland High School students, faculty, by all families and friends of victims who have spoken out, trying to prevent this from happening again.
Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Camila Cabello were also among those who showed their support online.
The protest movement was sparked by the school massacre in Parkland, Florida last month, which saw 17 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killed and another 17 injured.