When I lived in Toronto, a policeman was killed on duty for the first time ever. Streets were closed in mourning to honor his life dedicated to the service of the city. I was shocked; I was born in a country where policemen did on duty every other day without even being mentioned in the news. I learned that we are in charge of engineering the status quo of the countries we live in.
I’m a legal resident of the USA, but I’m not a citizen. Because of that, I often stay outside of the political landscape, but the reality is that I can‘t morally afford to do so anymore: I have two children going to school here everyday, and although they are young enough not to know about this last episodes of violence, they are growing up in this country, and will soon be aware of the risk.
As I watched the news, I kept thinking what was the best way to explain the story to my eldest, and could almost hear him question me by asking; ‘But if this happens all the time, how come no one is doing anything to stop it?’
I’m humbled to realize that it’s the affected children taking over this dialogue, and organizing themselves to bring upon THEIR generation the changes that OUR generation proved useless to accomplish.
Twelve is the number of incidents involving threats and weapons at schools in the USA since the shooting at Parkland, Florida, one scarier than the other. After Sandy Hook, more than 400 people have been shot in over 200 school shootings.
It’s time to take a stand. An organized march it taking place on March 24th. There can’t be civilization without conscience.
Title borrowed from Coco Capitain’s campaign for GUCCI.
Pictures by Celia D. Luna.
Outfit: Felder Felder at The Mandarin Oriental Miami.