THE MARCH '18 MARCH
by Karen Gutfreund
The morning of the March, Saturday, March 24th, was inauspicious. I woke to pouring rain and quickly checked the weather. It was supposed to be clear by 11:00 a.m. but Mother Nature had something else in mind. Regardless, I was amazed at the thousands of people that came out in San Jose in spite of the rain to march in the streets and end in a park by the SAP Pavilion for the rally and speeches.
The previous day, I was laying on my yoga mat with the lights out. Yeah yeah yeah, you’re supposed to empty your mind during meditation. But I was thinking ahead to the March the next day, and BAM, an idea for a sign popped into my head. "See Sally, Dick and Jane go to school. See Dick get a gun. Don't be a DICK!" I stayed up till 1:00 a.m. making signs for everyone.
I attended the March with my friend Jo-Anne, her 14-year-old daughter Kate and another new friend, Christine. None of them had participated in a protest march before and none has ever voted here either. Jo-Anne is Canadian and Christine is here from Mexico waiting to get a green card with her newly married husband who is in the States with an H-1B visa from India. WOW -- talk about a complicated situation. I often remind them that while they may not yet have a vote, they have a voice and that’s even more important--so raise it often, talk about the issues, talk about what they care about...and they do!
Which brings up a key issue for me around thie anti-gun violence uprising and recent tragedies.
Why are people saying that the high-school kids don't know what they are talking about? Do they believe that at 17 they don't know what they are talking about but at 18 they can suddenly buy an assault rifle? Something is not adding up here folks. Ted Nugent says, "These poor children, I’m afraid to say this and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable, they have no soul." No soul?!! I've never seen anything so empowering as these kids taking to the street and taking on the establishment. Or crazy Alex Jones pushing conspiracy theories that those speaking out against gun violence were paid or scripted, claiming that kids such as David Hogg, a skilled public speaker, must be a paid actor. Rick Santorum just suggested on CNN that students learn CPR as an alternative to pushing for gun control.
We "old" people, particularly those that have children, think of teenagers as youngsters without minds of their own, lacking clear, sophisticated, analytical thinking. Think back to what YOU were thinking about when you were that age and what you were able to do. I left home at 17, put myself through college and moved to NYC -- so much for being a child! And why should their opinions be belittled because they're still teenagers? I love their counter argument that they'll soon be voters and they shouldn't be taken lightly.
Watch out politicians!
The teens' focus on gun control is not an expression of party preference. What they are demanding from Republicans and Democrats alike is action that has been put aside by those in power for too long. In an election year, with many seats in the House and a third of the Senate up for votes, these students are determined to make an impact. They are impassioned and brave and smart and on target. This “mass-shooting generation” will make a difference when it's time to step into the voting booth. I look forward to this impassioned activism and will do what I can to support it.
Let's put our energies into making positive change! No more "Thoughts and Prayers." #EnoughIsEnough, #NotOneMore #Never Again
GREAT NEWS! KAPOW! HAS BEEN EXTENDED
Due to popular demand, the kaPOW! show has been extended to June 3. If you haven't seen the show already, there's still time! The exhibition is at the Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster Street, Alameda.
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Mary K. Shisler
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