Time for change
Posted On March 26, 2018
By Che Watkins, The Centers for Working Families
If you did not have the chance to experience the marchforourlives.org event this weekend, you missed something amazing. I spent most of Saturday watching the event held in DC. March for our Lives was an organized event created by a group of students who survived the February 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school. After the shooting, organizers are asking lawmakers to address the issue of gun violence in America by implementing comprehensive gun control legislation.
What was wonderful is that they not only focused on gun violence in schools but broadly on gun violence that occurs in every community. In fact, one of the first meetings that the Parkland students had was with high school survivors of gun violence in Chicago.
The most important thing that I took away as I emotionally watched these kids is that true change on these issues comes from the bottom. If change was easy, our elected officials would have done it by now. It struck me that if these kids could plan a national, even international, event in 6 weeks while managing their grief and if they can already see change from their activism, why can’t we do the same for the elimination of poverty and for income inequality? At some point, we all have to decide how uncomfortable we want to be on behalf of others to change the course of history.
Are you too comfortable with families working a 40-hour week and still living in poverty? If so, I know a number of people that can help you out, including me. Let’s get uncomfortable and tackle the large issues that we face everyday whether you simply volunteer, make a donation, organize an event or challenge the status quo even at the tender age of 17. If they can, we all can.