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Washington, DC on 3/24/18

Last weekend was an astonishingly successful demonstration of the power of those beautiful, heartbreaking and inspiring kids from Generation Z. Their words and, in Emma Gonzalez’ case, hersilence, were devastating.

Since we live in America, the kids cannot now rest on their laurels and congratulate themselves for the incredible work they have done. Instead, they have to eternally answer the same question from the pundits, “Do you REALLY think what you’re doing makes any difference?”

To this question, the Parkland students replied, “We’re going to vote.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a historic groundswell of youth activism, hundreds of thousands of teenagers and their supporters rallied across the U.S. against gun violence Saturday, vowing to transform fear and grief into a “vote-them-out” movement and tougher laws against weapons and ammo.

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“If you listen real close, you can hear the people in power shaking,” Parkland survivor David Hogg said to roars from the protesters packing Pennsylvania Avenue from the stage near the Capitol many blocks back toward the White House. “We’re going to take this to every election, to every state and every city. We’re going to make sure the best people get in our elections to run, not as politicians but as Americans.

“Because this,” he said, pointing behind him to the Capitol dome, “this is not cutting it.”

The #MSDStrong kids have drawn a bright connection between dots that have stayed unconnected for decades by tens of millions of adults: By golly, in order to make change, you have to vote. (May I just add a “duh f*cking duh” there?!) They are shaming the generations before them, who sat out election after election, or numbly voted as they felt they should, without critical thinking, without bothering to inform themselves, like animals being led to slaughter.

Literally.

Even worse, the (so-called) adults, by not voting responsibly, have left the rest of us vulnerable to mass shootings; in theaters, at concerts, on the streets, in our backyards, in church and yes, in schools. And by these adults’ inaction, they have allowed the cancer of the NRA to metastasize to such a horrifying degree that now it, a private organization is controlling the discourse on gun violence, silencing the voices of elected officials, and terrifying ordinary people into submission. And still, till these kids stepped up, there were few news reports on the NRA; each mass shooting was reported without the NRA context; thoughts and prayers were duly sent; and everyone knew, just KNEW, that nothing would change. Meanwhile, an average of 96 people a day continue to die from gun violence.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas kids, and all of us whom they’ve inspired, don’t see any reason to accept the unacceptable, or believe they should limit their voices just because politicians would rather send thoughts and prayers than to act. They don’t fear or care about the NRA. They have a concrete list of demands, and they won’t rest until they’ve gotten everything they want. It’s such a simple approach, and that’s why it works. It’s, dare I say, common sense! And everywhere they go, they register more and more kids to vote in November. Talk about turning your rage and grief into action!

It’s estimated that by the time the mid-terms come around, there will be 8 million Generation Z voters who could turn out. Given the passion we’ve seen so far, I think most of them will show up, don’t you? They say they will only vote for politicians with F ratings from the NRA. Hmmm…which Party gets the most F ratings from the NRA again? 😉

We may just be underestimating that #bluetsunami after all.

This is an open thread.

 

 

 

 

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The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Hello and happy Tuesday, Widdershins! Who know what infobombs will drop before this post is published? Perhaps via the Democrats (whose memo debunking the Nunes lie-fest was released in the evening on Saturday) or Mango Meerkat nemesis Mueller?

Regardless of what else is going on, I am quite sure that the “March for Our Lives” movement, which has sprung organically from the activism of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass shooting survivors, will still be in the news. (Have you signed up for a sister march? They’re being set up across the country. Check it out here! I’m excited for the one in NYC.)

The effectiveness of this movement, led with moral clarity and ustified outrage is growing daily. Calling out the way the NRA has been buying Congresscritters’ inaction on any gun-control initiatives was a brilliant strategic move. Corporations who used to offer discounts or other benefits to NRA members, are running away from the now-toxic organization. As of today, here’s the list of companies that have jumped off the NRA ship.

  • First National Bank of Omaha
  • Delta Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Allied Van Lines
  • North American Van Lines
  • Avis
  • Hertz
  • Alamo
  • Enterprise
  • National
  • Starkey Hearing Technologies
  • MetLife
  • Chubb
  • TrueCar
  • SimpliSafe
  • Symantec

This movement is only 11 days old. What might it become as it becomes stronger and gains support?

It’s having ripple effects beyond any that the kids could have imagined. A huge voter registration effort is under way; Florida Republicans are running scared; and Drumpf is promising action, although we all know what his promises are worth – and the NRA is already pushing back. Between the fierceness of the Parkland activists and the supreme professionalism and skills of Team Mueller, life is going to be getting more and more uncomfortable for Drumpf, the GOP, the gun nuts of the NRA, and the alt-right enablers attacking the movement and issuing death threats to kids…who have already survived death. Deplorables, all.

I tie this all back to the Women’s March on January 21, 2017. The March was underestimated by the media and even those of us who participated – we had no idea what we were starting – but now, over a year later, #TheResistance has grown into an enormous countrywide presence, with chapters in every state. We are organized, active and we make a difference. And now, kids and teachers are joining in with single-issue focus.

I am hopeful in a way I haven’t been in a long time. This movement is bigger than Drumpf, bigger than the GOP, and bigger than the NRA. It’s about citizens forcing leaders to go the way they want. It’s about engagement, caring and passion. And it’s an amazing thing to see.

I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
– Benjamin Disraeli

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
—Margaret Mead

This is an open thread.

Good Sunday/Monday, and maybe even Tuesday
Widdershins!

“Oh those kids!”.  Or as the vulgar yam, the rest of the Republicans, and the NRA are probably saying, “Oh those *&!@$# kids!”.  Yes indeed, the survivors of the slaughter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are not just sitting quietly and listening to their elders.  Hell no, these kids are creating a ruckus that has their elders squirming and feeling quite uncomfortable.  And that’s putting it mildly.

These young folks have been attacked by the right, being called among other things not

Cliff Notes on being empathetic

“real” students and being paid actors.  Paid by George Soros and other members of the left of course.  And when they aren’t attacking these young ones, the Right and NRA  people are just outright lying about things.  (Yeah Dana your lie about “burn her” has already been been disproved).  Nope, these kids aren’t just sitting idly by or being content to let the Parkland tragedy move out of the news cycle for the next big thing.  What these kids are doing is standing up and saying this has to be stopped.  They are being brave, courageous, and not being quiet.

For our musical stylings in this post, let’s take a look at some songs about courage, bravery and maybe even protest.  Protests over the NRA and corporate affiliations are taking a toll. And corporations offering discounts for NRA members are dropping those deals as fast as rats scurrying off a sinking ship.

(1) The Tragically Hip~Courage

(2) The Rising~Bruce Springsteen

(3) Brave and Strong~Sly And The Family Stone

(4) Stand Up And Be Strong~Soul Asylum

(5) Brave~Sara Bareilles

(6) Uprising~Muse

And just to show the kids that we older folks knew a thing or two about protests, courge and bravery “back in the day”:

Open thread and hope you’ll share some songs in the comments.

 

 


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