Friday April 20, 2018
Elders should stand in awe and support of young activists.
I have the most admiration for the way students organized and carried out the anti-gun protests on March 24. At age 72, I am now more hopeful than ever before.
The students have shown us how to come together, to be inclusive and to fight for change. I couldn't be prouder of the bright, savvy young people around us.
Grass-roots advocacy campaigns are marathon efforts that rarely see instant results. But these students already have scored impressive wins. Failing to acknowledge those wins undermines their hard work and risks contributing to a demoralizing sense of cynicism.
The students are refusing to be silenced or to allow their peers to die in vain. They are making their cause sacred and for the good of all. And they are rightly expecting us, their elders, to listen and respond. It's heartening to see the energy, enthusiasm and idealism of our young people on display. The youth of America are fighting for their lives. They should fight with their voices and soon with their votes, in every election, local and national.
We, your hapless elders, can only stand in awe and support you as you achieve what we cannot.
Richard A. Weiherer
Student protesters offer signs of hope