There have been many moments in my life that have moved me to tears, to outrage, to action, to joy, to surprise, to hope – but the 17 minute school walk-out on March 14th – just a month after the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL was all those things and more. Really. #Enough. #NeverAgain. The grownups have not managed to figure out a way to deal with gun control. We’ve chosen guns over the safety of our kids again and again and again. But these beautiful, brave, compassionate, smart and angry kids are on the right track. They are not letting up and I hope they won’t let up until the grownups get it right. Who is the grownup here one might ask?
I remember in college thinking that we would change the world – leaving it safer, cleaner and kinder for future generations – a world where differences were a curiosity to consider not a threat to be fearful of. I’ve always thought and still believe that we have more in common than we care to admit and, at the end of the day, we share the same basic needs. There have been many times (especially in the past year) when it seems that we’ve failed miserably in these dreams – the rich and powerful have become richer and more powerful, climate change is very real, and somehow, we’ve elected a bully to our highest office. BUT then, 1,000,000 (that’s one million) kids walk out of school for 17 minutes to honor those whose lives have been cut short by gun violence and to send a message to those in charge that enough is enough is enough. My heart soars and sinks at the same time – that we’ve put them in this position in the first place and that somehow they’ve acquired the skill, the guts and the heart to speak out for change. It’s a story as old as time but right now, it’s our story and we have to choose what part we play in its outcome. There’s a part for everyone.
Ideas • Information • Action
I continue to check One Thing You Can Do every day. There are a variety of doable, challenging, simple suggestions and great links that will be sure to motivate you.
Are you an artist? Check out – Artists for Safe Kids (ASK) This group of singers, actors. storytellers, playwrights, illustrators, songwriters, filmmakers, screenwriters, directors, authors, dancers, clowns, jugglers and puppeteers are all calling for sanity in our gun laws and safer communities.
How about a national day of action to oppose the Trump Tax bill?! April 15th Tax March
Artists at Work
Words words words – sometimes they stick. I’m not great with social media (it’s always on my list to figure out and then I get distracted by the garden or a need to bake cookies or a call from a friend and it never gets to the top of my list) but this came to me via a friend via twitter – perhaps you’ve seen it already…it’s a pretty good list.
Here’s to you, here’s to us – all in it together.