D.C. Photo by Jim Bourg/Reuters
A brief, glad, heartfelt thank you to the almost million children of America who on National Walkout Day said no to the intolerable, who marched, chanted, spoke up, held hands, occasionally wept, and gave the rest of us hope that, yes, change can happen in the darkest times. On the same tide-turning day the zombies of the NRA chose to post a sick shot of an AR-15 - "I'll control my own guns, thank you” - the kids proffered the opposite: strength and courage and good will. We saw entire schools emptying in solidarity. We saw lone students - Rosa Rodriquez in New Jersey and Justin Blackman in North Carolina, alone among 700 students - walk out to prove, as Justin learned in the doing, "one person is all it takes." We saw 10-and-11-year-olds in Alexandria, Va., shivering but disciplined in the cold, stage a walkout and silent die-in, and a crowd of high schoolers in Brooklyn applaud a parade of like-minded "littles" across the street, and a crush of kids in D.C. movingly, excitedly cheer Bernie Sanders, the steadfast elder among them. Thanks to them all, we may yet make it through.
Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” -
Kids from Bethesda-Chevy Chase. Photo by Jim Bourg/Reuters
Boston. Photo by Michael Dwyer/AP
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