Three weeks before an expected 500,000 people are scheduled to descend on Washington, D.C., to join the student activists of Parkland, Florida, to pressure Congress into strengthening the nation’s gun laws, the movement got some prime time attention from alt-pop duo Sofi Tukker on Thursday night. During their performance of new song “Baby I’m a Queen” on Conan, singer/guitarist Sophie Hawley-Weld proudly displayed a sticker promoting the March for Our Lives event on her guitar strap.
The group — which also includes bassist Tucker Halpern — are gearing up to release their debut full-length, Treehouse, in April. Their shout-out to the event organized by the survivors of the Feb. 14 mass shooting that took the lives of 14 students and three teachers and injured 15 others joins a growing list of musicians and actors supporting the march, which include Hayley Williams, Justin Bieber and Fifth Harmony‘s Lauren Jauregui. On Friday (March 2), Harry Styles joined that group when he tweeted that he’d signed the petition for the event, while encouraging others to join in.
Amal and George Clooney vowed to donate $500,000 to the march to help accommodate student’s travels and needs, a figure reportedly matched by Oprah Winfrey and fashion house Gucci. Jimmy Fallon has also pledged that he will participate in the march, traveling to D.C. to join the high schoolers. The march is intended to spur congressional action on tighter gun restrictions, an effort President Trump has appeared to throw his support behind this week even as House majority leader Republican Paul Ryan has already begun backpedaling on new or strengthened gun laws, focusing instead on what he said were law enforcement lapses that led to the school shooting.
Also on Friday, HuffPo reported that the march, originally intended to fill the National Mall, has been bumped from the prime spot of so many historical protests and gatherings because an unnamed group previously submitted a handwritten application for a “student project” described as a “talent show” that will require the use of “jump ropes, two bikes and two tables.” March for Our Lives organizers had planned to use an 11-block stretch of the mall, incorporating 14 Jumbotrons, 2,000 chairs, 2,000 portable toilets and 14 tents, though they now intend to use Pennsylvania Avenue with a route that would take them from the Capitol to Trump International Hotel.