“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”—Margaret Mead
On March 24, 2018, students across the country showed that age was nothing but a number. United across race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual preferences, they marched to rally against gun violence. Many said this was just a way for kids to skip school. Yet, these are probably the same people who protested so heavily against the Vietnam War.
Oh, how times change; yet, they seemingly stay the same. It's apparent that this movement is not going away, and it's beyond missing a test. The youth of this country are tired of the gun violence, and they want change. I understand that mass shootings are not a new thing, but now the news and social media are continually posting the events right in our face.
Can you imagine growing up in a time when you've seen so many people die on your timeline? You can't become immune to scenes like that. So, imagine being a child and having that ingrained into your memory. Imagine, instead of memories of playing hopscotch, jumping double dutch, or playing in the park with your friends, you have visions of a war that is taking place throughout your country. And, sometimes, within your school.
It seems like the Parkland shooting was the final straw for students in the United States. Change must occur. March For Our Lives was only the first step. Students are showing that they are about change and that actions speak louder than words. If Congress continues to side with the NRA, they are going to make change happen one person at a time—through March For Our Lives: Road to Change.
This summer, the same students who organized March For Our Lives will be making stops throughout the country to get young people registered to vote. These students realize that they are the voice for change. I believe we are going to see massive change take place in the 2018 and 2020 elections, similar to what we saw in 2008. If our president and Congressional leaders keep ignoring our youth, they will all be out of jobs. Our youth hold the power. They realize that there is strength in numbers, and all of us need to start listening. The Road to Change is only the beginning.
For more information about Road to Change, visit https://marchforourlives.com/road-to-change/.
“Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.”—Michelle Obama