"This is really about putting the human cost of refusing to pass gun control at the doorstep of lawmakers", said Emma Ruby-Sachs, deputy director of Avaaz, a USA -based civic organization that planned the shoe memorial.
The shoes will be on display from 8:30 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Tuesday on the southeast lawn of the U.S. Capitol across from the Library of Congress. A sea of empty shoes also filled the grounds outside the Department of Health in 2016 to represent the millions of uninsured people who die each year from treatable conditions. "The protesters held up a sign that read "#NotOneMore".
The organization also said that some celebrities donated shoes as well, including Bette Midler, Susan Sarandon, Alyssa Milano, and Chelsea Handler. Some of the shoes being placed on the lawn are from some of the victims, according to Avaaz.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports almost 13 hundred U.S. Children under the age of 17 are killed by guns every year. "Culture is changing in America right now". A few have threatened to suspend students if they disrupt class by leaving.
Organizers of the memorial said the Parkland shooting was the catalyst for creating the memorial.
The protest was the latest movement from activists groups to call on lawmakers to take steps to curb rampant shooting incidents in USA schools.
Many Canadian cities have marked the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6 with similar "shoe memorials".