Today was the day for marches around the world. We are not the only
country which experiences gun violence; gun violence is simply an epidemic here. Today young people marched, spoke and will soon vote. “The March For Our Lives” in Washington, D.C. concluded with lyrics and wisdom from the anti-Vietnam war movement. Bob Dylan’s lyrics ring as true today as in 1963, “The Times They Are A-Changin.” And I say to all the young people on the streets, we have been waiting for you. Welcome.
Today’s moment is qualitatively different from the 1960’s. This is a moment for truth. The young people from Parkland, Florida have a voice because they are standing on the shoulders of the parents of children massacred in Sandy Hook, Connecticut; of their peers in Columbine High School, Colorado; and of the thousands of people slaughtered on the streets of Chicago and throughout the country. Enough!
Be courageous, tenacious, determined and let nothing deter you from your intention for safety and the end to gun violence.