Tag Archives: Parkland

A global explosion of people power?

Last year, 2019, the editors of The Big Q, a very cool blog sponsored by the University of Auckland, asked me to write about the seeming explosion of protest movements globally. This is what I thought, reposted below (non-American spelling … Continue reading

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Parkland and the politics of commemoration

We remember the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas* High School not because of its horrific details, but because of the heroic organizing efforts of the young survivors. A core group of kids were still in shock when they vowed to … Continue reading

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The young people ARE winning

“The young people will win,” is Parkland activist David Hogg’s tagline. He tweets it, starts speeches with it, and clearly believes it. Audiences don’t always catch on right away, but Hogg is, above all else, persistent. They’ll get it. The … Continue reading

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The Parkland kids visit UCI

OK, it’s not strictly accurate to call them all kids anymore; some are in college now, and most are old enough to vote. More than that, in spite of the tragedy they’ve lived through–or maybe partly because of it–they’ve developed a … Continue reading

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#BlackLivesMatter & #NeverAgain

Edna Chavez, a student leader from South Los Angeles, spoke powerfully at Saturday’s rally, and stood up for Stephon Clark. (I missed it the first time through, overwhelmed by the crowd chanting the name of her murdered brother, “Ricardo.”) In … Continue reading

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#MarchforOurLives and #BlackLivesMatter: more to come…

I didn’t hear Stephon Clark’s name at the spectacular Washington, DC March for Our Lives. Days before, Sacramento police shot and killed Clark in his grandmother’s backyard. They thought they saw Clark holding a gun, and fired 20 times to protect … Continue reading

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Small victories for the Parkland kids matter–even if you don’t notice

Five of the brave and savvy Parkland kids are on the cover of Time magazine, a cover unlikely to appear in a frame on Donald Trump’s wall. On the eve of this weekend’s March for Our Lives, a national demonstration … Continue reading

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