Local gun safety advocates are hoping to rock the vote in Tampa this Saturday.
March for Our Lives Tampa, with a number of other anti-gun violence and voter registration groups, is holding a "Bands and Ballots" event from 5 to 9 p.m. in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park.
The event will feature musical acts and speeches from elected officials and school shooting survivors. Most notably, David Hogg and Emma González, two of the more outspoken Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors-turned-activists, will deliver speeches.
Organizers, who stressed in a flier that the rally is nonpartisan, hope to register voters and continue the national dialogue about how to prevent shootings like the one that claimed 17 lives in South Florida in February.
The group HeadCount, which specializes in voter registration drives at concerts, will have a presence Saturday, said Hope Guzzle, a senior at Tampa Preparatory School who helped organize "Bands and Ballots."
"If we continue to have more events like this, we can really increase the number of young voters," Guzzle said.
Although the full list of speakers has not been released, here are some of the activists who will address the crowd, per Guzzle:
- Khary Penebaker, an Everytown Survivor Fellow
- Mayra Alvear, who lost her daughter, Amanda, in the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting
- Hogg, González and Sofie Whitney, who survived the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
- Brendan Duff, co-founder of March for Our Lives, the anti-gun violence group founded by MSD students in the aftermath of the shooting