I went to the LA version of the March for Our Lives, on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Downtown Los Angeles. It was an enormous crowd; I don’t have numbers but I would guess many thousands, though dwarfed by the crowds at the main March in Washington, D.C.
I thought it was a significant moment, a moment when I saw, very clearly, that this protest and activism are being driven by the next generation. Here’s a few of my takeaways:
- it was like Vietnam-era protests – why, because the young have a personal stake. Just as young people fought against the draft fueling an unjust war where they’d likely be killed, these young people are fighting to survive just being in school, where too many have become victims of gun violence.
- This is like a generational fight, it shouldn’t be, but it is. This breaks my heart, because I come from the generation that was going to change everything. Now, my best hope is for this new generation to do amazing things.
- it’s heartbreaking to see little kids who have to be concerned about getting shot at school – -that’s just insane. Certainly nothing I ever even thought about during my 16 years plus of schooling.
- In a very real sense, we have the country and the leaders we deserve. If we want a better, more humane country, with better leaders answerable to us, we are going to have to fight to make that a reality. And do things like vote. What a concept!