The Purple Living Room Project has been dormant for a l-o-n-g time.
This past year, I half-heartedly worked on a variety of posts, but I wasn't able to press "publish" on any of them.
Should I post an article about the tone of our discourse?
Should I post an article about media consumption?
Should I just post an article to close up this project at last?
I couldn't decide. I couldn't act.
Covid-era "Languishing" was in full swing.
In the end, I just stayed silent.
This past week has been a wake-up call.
Another wake-up call.
The wails of anguished parents in Texas heard round the world...
How many wake-up calls do we need?
We cannot afford silence...or apathy.
We MUST WAKE UP and ACT.
It's time to SHOUT AND SHOUT AND SHOUT!
I looked through my stack of posts waiting to be published and I found not one, not two, but SEVERAL posts focused on gun violence. Each one was written in the wake of a heinous and completely avoidable tragedy.
We repeat and repeat and repeat the same cycle and...
IT. HAS. TO. STOP.
I've been inspired this week by David Hogg's presence on Twitter. After surviving the Parkland tragedy, he has devoted the past four years to studying gun violence. He is doing an amazing job highlighting the concrete actions being taken right now by activists around the country to put pressure on our government to ACT. He is also laser-focused on dialoguing with Republican voters. After several solutions-centered exchanges with conservative gun owners in the past week, his optimistic message is...
"THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT."
Is that true?
Is it different?
Only if WE THE PEOPLE make it different.
March for Our Lives will be holding rallies across the country on Saturday, June 11.
Are you fed up and ready to shout?
FIND A MARCH!
No march planned in your area yet?
START A MARCH!
We need to
MARCH and MARCH and MARCH
SHOUT and SHOUT and SHOUT
FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY
So, here I am. Awake again at last. Ready to talk and ready to walk and ready to do whatever needs to be done to keep our children safe at school, at home, in the malls, in the cinema, in the park...
To let our children be children once again.
Time to shout.
"Meet in the Middle"