NEW YORK -- Summoned by high school students swept up in school violence, thousands swarmed into the nation's capital and cities across America Saturday to march for gun control and ignite political activism among the young. Organizers of the "March for Our Lives" rally in Washington hoped their protest would match in numbers and spirit last year's women's march, one of the largest Washington protests since the Vietnam era. Rallies are taking place across the country and around the world.
How to watch the March for Our Lives:
- Live stream: March Four Our Lives Live Stream
- Time: 12 p.m. ET, 9 a.m. PT
- Live blog: Coverage on CBSNews.com
- Instagram: Follow interviews with students and other short videos CBS News' Instagram
In Washington, hundreds of thousands of protesters are expected to attend the march. The students will be accompanied by a number of celebrity performers, including Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Common, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Vic Mensa.
In a statement, the organizers said protesters will demand that a "comprehensive and effective bill" is immediately brought before Congress to address gun issues.
"Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear," the statement said. "It doesn't have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard."
Over the past five weeks, after the murders of 17 people at the high school, CBS News has followed the students as they started a movement. It's all featured in CBS News' upcoming documentary "39 Days." The one-hour documentary to be broadcast March 24, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.