Stand in solidarity
I admire the woman, standing on the corner near Taco Bell on Thursday, raising awareness for common sense gun laws, to protect our community schools. Thanks to the walk-out participants at SUNY Potsdam and the persons putting up posters in Potsdam for a demonstration on Saturday, March 24 at the High School. Don't wait for elected officials to "do the right thing" we must democratically push from below, to advocate for safety in our communities. The problem with Trump's response, to arm teachers, to deal with school shootings, will result in more accidents, xenophobia, and racial profiling. What's next, arming everyone, from secretaries to janitors? What's even more disturbing is how our tax money will be allocated away from education toward training and arming school personnel. Who will win: the big businesses behind gun sales and the NRA. We need schools to invest in education, mental health, occupational health, and grief counselors, health services, food security, as well as anti-addiction and drug programs. We need to rethink how we nurture and give students the hope they need for the future, -- not the economic precarity that causes so much anxiety, with all of our surplus value going to the 1%. People don't become soft for being nurtured and safe, they become healthy, responsible, and then they nurture others. I stand in solidarity with the families who have lost loved ones and will fight for safety in our schools.