Wow. I stopped scrolling through my Facebook feed to read what my friend Roger had posted. "Kids nowadays", he started. I thought he was complaining about kids of this generation losing their manners or acting weird. Boy, was I wrong. "Kids nowadays: These kids today are making the world a better place. A safer place." The post was accompanied by a photo of Parkland student Emma Gonzalez (@Emma4Change) holding a sign: #NeverAgain.

In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the victims are not going along with the "thoughts and prayers" script. Parkland students and teens all over the country are not interested in preserving the status quo. They want to overthrow it.

Teens are outraged and unwilling to let adults, particularly politicians, escape with the usual platitudes and postures. Ms. Gonzalez said best, "We are children who are being expected to act like adults, while the adults are proving themselves to behave like children… Adults like us when we have strong test scores, but they hate us when we have strong opinions."

Teens in Florida and all around the country are wasting no time making their voices heard. According to Parkland student Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky), high school students are ready to "fearlessly lead the fight for gun control across the country." They have called for changes to gun laws, a ban on assault-type weapons, and improving mental health care for all those who need it. Many students are also taking part in meetings with legislators and sitting in on hearings. And they have called for a march in Washington, D.C. and other communities on March 24. According to The Washington Post, organizers of the event, including Gonzalez, are expecting over 500,000 people to attend the march in Washington, D.C. Thousands more are expected to march in other cities.

The youth of Christ Church are ready and eager to participate in #MarchForOurLives - "a movement to take to the streets to demand we end the epidemic of mass shootings." Christ Church will host a youth group from North Carolina who want to attend the march. Youth, parents, and all Christ Church parishioners are invited to join us.

 

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Following the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department's event report and traffic advisory for the March for Our Lives, we are updating our plans. Originally, we were planning to meet on Saturday at Christ Church at 10:30 a.m. The Metropolitan Police Department estimates that anyone leaving by Metro after 10:00 a.m. might not make it in time for the march.

Our updated plan is to meet outside the main gate of King Street Metro Station at 9:00 a.m. We will take the metro by 9:15 a.m. the latest. Others can meet us in D.C. We will assemble at the US Navy Memorial Plaza (701 Pennsylvania Ave NW) for a short prayer service (11:00 a.m.) before the march begins at noon. Everyone is welcome to join us. Email Santi Rodriguez with questions. 

Kids nowadays. They are ready to tell hard truths and to toil for peace by working for justice. Are we ready to help them to make the world a better and safer place?