When I was in high school, one of the phrases on my French vocabulary test was “le sit-in protest.” Those were the times in which we grew up.
Today, children and young adults across the nation will walk out of their schools (with full support by the school administrations where I live) to say loud and clear that they want a safer environment in which to learn. Unfortunately, my generation has not completed its job of leaving a better world for them.
I, for one, am not ready to shirk that responsibility and lay so many burdens of survival on their shoulders. On this day, and all days, I again ask my fellow 1970s children, especially many who are in positions of leadership today, to step beyond the gutter of failed imagination that surrounds us and help create the beautiful, safe, healthy world that is possible.
*Poem above from Traveling at the Speed of Bike