March for Our Lives | The perspective of a State College mom

Story/Video posted April 2, 2018 in News by Jordan Stobart and Mark Fischer


Among the hundreds chanting and carrying colorful signs during State College’s March for Our Lives, Lori Weider stands between downtown and Penn State's campus informing passersby of her cause.

The local mom is trying to jump start a Centre County chapter of Moms Demand Action, a national organization aimed at pushing legislatiors to create more gun reform. 

"It started with a Facebook group right after the terrible tragedy in Florida," Weider said. "Within a couple weeks, we grew to 900 people on our Facebook page. We have since created an organizational, steering committee. We put leadership in place, so we're moving very rapidly to an official chapter. 

A gunman killed 17 people at Majority Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14. 

Since the mass shooting, survivors and others have taken to social media — and the streets — to demand more legislation in favor of gun control. 

"Marches are important because they plant the seeds of change," Weider said. "We hear these voices of young people and they're really the future of this movement."

(Video reporting by Jordan Stobart, edited by Mark Fischer)