“The political power led by a new generation…must not be focused solely on school shootings…Pressure on legislators to end violence…must include…violence itself and all its causes.”
This morning, in New York City, on Central Park West, I listened to several people of color’s stories of loved ones killed by gun violence caused by easy access to guns. I’ve long known about this, of course, but today I listened. For me, that was one important experience of today’s march.
I hope that, as a NYC school teacher, I can find ways to work with the parents of my low income, people of color students - ways to join forces with both them and the ‘Parkland’ gun control forces to get rid of guns.
Although, as a progressive, I have protested and voted and given money and made a point of understanding the many forms of global violence the US is engaged in, I do not feel that I have the right to tell those people of color that spoke today - or the organizations they belong to - that they must go beyond the violence that tears apart their communities and “focus on violence itself and all its causes.”
But perhaps you do feel comfortable reaching out to them with your message.