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Flash mob springs to life to protest gun violence

Pioneer Courthouse Square will be filled with people making art at about noon Thursday when a flash mob springs to life.

Art = Ammo, a national group of artists, is organizing the flash mob to call attention to gun violence across the country.

According to the group, at noon people will gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square freeze their hands in the air, then slowly fall to the pavement in a lifeless position. Participants will also trace an outline of their bodies with chalk and write a word or statistic inside the form.

Artists Against Gun Violence in New York is organizing the Portland flash mob as one of five scheduled in New Haven, Conn.; San Francisco; Westchester, N.Y.; and Minneapolis. Other flash mobs have been organized this year in Newark, Philadelphia, Boston, Salt Lake City, Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York City.

Broadway choreographer and dancer Lorin Latarro started the national group to create an artistic expression focusing on gun violence.