Shoe memorial held for victims of gun violence

Shoe memorial held for victims of gun violence

Shoe memorial held for victims of gun violence

Organizers say they wanted to bring the call for gun control to congress' doorstep. "All of these shoes cover more than 10,000 square feet".

In the shadow of the Capitol, an emotional tribute to child victims of gun violence took an unorthodox format: Thousands of shoes.

Avaaz, a global organization that coordinates demonstrations for progressive causes, created the shoe installation on the southeast lawn at about 8 a.m.

Donors to the shoe monument include actresses Susan Sarandon and Bette Midler, and talk show host Chelsea Handler.

'I think this kind of event with shoes offers a very powerful metaphor both for how we miss the victims who once filled those shoes, and also for how we see ourselves wanting to walk in their place, seeking change, so that others don't have to walk this painful journey'.

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The stunning display commemorates the estimated amount of children killed by guns since a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. "People are just coming and taking pictures and just looking at this reflection of gun violence". When extrapolated to the five-year, three-month period the empty shoes protest encompasses, the number is closer to 7,460.

Activists and volunteers gathered at dawn, placing 7,000 colorful pairs of donated children's footwear side by side in a trapezoid shape to commemorate those who have died since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

KGO-TV reports, the display is part of a massive memorial by a community organization called Avaaz.

Per the group's website, all of the shoes will be donated to Washington, D.C., area homeless shelters and charities after the memorial concludes.

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