We don’t get them back, y’all said Jennifer Hudson in the middle of her moving musical tribute at the March For Our Lives in Washington, DC today. Hudson sang The Times, They Are A-Changing with a DC choir backing her up and a clearly spiritual feel to the finale of an amazing gathering of hundreds of thousands of Americans who rallied with the survivors of gun violence in our schools and on our streets in the nation’s capitol and around the world.
Led by high school senior Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, chants of democracy in action and never again rang through the air of the nonviolent protests of our children and their families and friends who are committed to changing the gun culture that rules in the halls of Congress and the office of the President.
The movement’s major mantra was R-E-V: Register to vote, Educate yourself, Vote!
Be afraid, incumbents everywhere, be very afraid.
Pretty marched in Columbia today
and captured this memorable image
of South Carolina teens registering to vote
Our children want to come home safely in our houses, our schools, our churches, our synagogues, our mosques. They want to feel safe on city streets and country back roads. They are crying out for help, adding organized action to those cries – and not leaving outcomes to the same old, same old. It’s a new day, America.
I don’t know about you, but I’m standing with Emma and calling BS on anyone who refuses to listen to the voices of change for a new and better America. United we stand. I hear you. I’m with you.