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Families offer rooms to D.C.-bound marchers for upcoming 'March For Our Lives'

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WASHINGTON (ABC7) — After the latest school shooting a week ago in Florida, the newly created and student-led “March For Our Lives” group is setting its sights on Washington D.C.

The organization requested a permit on Tuesday from the National Park Service for 500,000 people for the March 24 demonstration at the National Mall for the gun reform rally.

“In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now,” it said in the application for a permit.

“There’s two things you have to do: ‘How am I going to get there and where am I going to stay?’ And so, I can help with the second one,” Susan Davis said.

Davis is offering four beds in her Alexandria home to out-of-town students who want to participate in the march. She posted the offer on Facebook and in just minutes got responses.

She said the student-led demonstration reminds her of the 1960s protests during the Vietnam War.

“I know that I would have gone to Washington if I had a place to stay. So, that’s what I was thinking that someone’s going to want to come that doesn’t have the money, the finances to do this,” Davis said.

Ellie Rider, 75, said her marching days are over, but her Chevy Chase house in Washington D.C. is open – or at least it was.

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Less than 24 hours after posting to her neighborhood email group, Rider found out she will be the house mom for 10 Minnesota high schoolers.

“That’s what I can do, my house … and my cooking,” she said with a laugh.

Rider said she was furious after hearing about the latest school shooting and is inspired with how the teens are working for change.

“The eloquence, the presence of mind, the clarity of thought, the determination – I’m with them,” she said. “Look what they’ve done, in just a very few days. I think this has really got a possibility.”

According to the permit application, the demonstration would start at 6 a.m. and end at 8 p.m. on March 24 at the National Mall between 3rd Street, SW and 14th Street, SW.

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