let’s not wait

[disclaimer: this isn’t about guns or no guns, school or no school, government or no government, this is about the human spirit, it’s about love. and we can’t keep waiting. what the world needs most: the energy of 7bn alive people]

a plan.

a simple quiet revolutionary plan.

to get at the root of everything.


let's not wait

[huff po’s map of 2244 shootings since sandy hook]

gun death

gun deaths graphic


adam lanza post


Andrew Solomon

why not yet

on hold ness

i need you to wake up


via Amanda Palmer feb 2018 (earlier too)





read about her video here:



from Charles Eisenstien’s ch 9 -vai @fabianacecin: Because I don’t link to Charles Eisenstein nearly enough: charleseisenstein.net/books/the-more…

why this is so urgent.. we can’t keep waiting.. the lag time (for good – take care of people, or bad – spend 8 hrs a day in our jobs) still kills us..


via greg: if in luxury… creativity/pleasantry/kindness/et-al flourishes/regenerates/exponentiates.. but if in an oppressive situation.. not so much.. ie: from mom to those fleeing syria.. waiting for us to lend a hand… a turtle shell… on our off hours.. when they are waiting alone 24/7

add to hannah arendt’s (p of p) – the need for spontaneity in politics (more than one in a gathering/community)… w/o this freedom for spontaneity.. can’t hear self/others 24/7.. so we miss much (can only hear after hours..).. and.. we become accomplices to oppression because of our busy ness (work hours et al).. we go back to our lives.. while they are still sitting alone.. or swimming/traveling/struggling for survival..


feb 2018

“I don’t know how Columbine wasn’t enough.

I don’t know how Sandy Hook was not enough.

I don’t know how Las Vegas shooting was not enough.

I don’t know why the Pulse nightclub was not enough … But now it is.”

#NeverAgain #BanMachineGuns https://t.co/8W8qGpyHCM

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/funder/status/966354738211119104


Survivor to lawmakers: We’re coming after you

Delaney Tarr, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting, tells lawmakers she and her peers want stricter gun legislation



Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) tweeted at 7:14 AM – 19 Feb 2018 :

Please follow @Emma4Change and @Cameron_Kasky and continue to amplify their voices. I spoke with them last night and they are working 24 hours a day to change this country! https://t.co/oLdCdKd0YU (http://twitter.com/MichaelSkolnik/status/965590490258329601?s=17)

Watching @cameron_kasky, @Emma4Change and @davidhogg111 handle trolls like @BillOReilly is a thing of beauty. As a teacher, I am so proud of the work they are doing. Keep strong y’all #neveragain The world is following your lead.

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/intrepidteacher/status/966304451895021568



Black Lives Matter (@usblm) tweeted at 5:30 PM – 18 Feb 2018 :

This is Anthony Borges, 15. He used his body to hold a classroom door shut, protecting 20 other students inside as the gunman fired through the door, hitting him five times. Let’s pray for his speedy recovery. 🙏🏾 https://t.co/zm9kWlw7Rj (http://twitter.com/usblm/status/965383092734177280?s=17)


#StudentsStandUp – cnn – town hall



parkland and snapchat organizing



Marjory Stoneman Douglas senior Ryan Deitsch asked Florida Sen. Marco Rubio why he and other students “have to march on Washington just to save innocent lives” https://t.co/7KTi6vFjn0 #StudentsStandUp https://t.co/pbxaIr7AXP

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/CNN/status/966696337612922883

that feels like the first step in a 5k run

and so we have inspectors of inspectors et al.. too much.. aka: B and b


National School Walkout (@schoolwalkoutUS) tweeted at 8:05 PM – 16 Feb 2018 :

On Friday, April 20th we want students to attend school and then promptly WALK-OUT at 10:00 am. Sit outside your schools and peacefully protest. Make some noise. Voice your thoughts. “We are students, we are victims, we are change.” (http://twitter.com/schoolwalkoutUS/status/964697373074231298?s=17)


Astead (@AsteadWesley) tweeted at 9:25 PM – 21 Feb 2018 :

We wouldn’t be so shocked at the Parkland teenagers if we didn’t spend so much time depicting young people as these uniquely one-dimensional, selfish, and vapid caricatures they never were (http://twitter.com/AsteadWesley/status/966529414845616129?s=17)


David Weinberger (@dweinberger) tweeted at 7:16 AM – 22 Feb 2018 :

Retweeting 3 in a row because each not only made me laugh but added another drop to the dry well of hope. #ParklandStudents #PeakTwitter https://t.co/EowXyqtLdi (http://twitter.com/dweinberger/status/966678073394581504?s=17)

CNN’s Blitzer to Student: “Cameron, what do you say to conspiracy theorists who say you’re paid actors?” Cameron: “Had they seen me in our production of Fiddler on the Roof, they’d know no one would ever pay me to act.”


Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) tweeted at 9:03 AM – 22 Feb 2018 :

And so it goes…purity of heart vs commerce. Little voices vs the machine. Decency and compassion vs greed parading as patriotism. Which do YOU chose?
Go Emma! @Emma4Change https://t.co/m3AHMGqqYC (http://twitter.com/perlmutations/status/966705118145019904?s=17)


Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) tweeted at 10:10 PM – 22 Feb 2018 :

After Columbine over 10,000 school police officers were hired just in case a school shooting happened. Two decades later, they haven’t stopped a *single* school shooting. Instead they’ve arrested over 1 million kids, mostly students of color, for routine behavior violations. https://t.co/DKoJE9LL3e(http://twitter.com/samswey/status/966902961984061440?s=17)


Deanna Mascle, PhD (@deannamascle) tweeted at 6:50 AM – 24 Feb 2018 :

Why was it so easy to support the Parkland youths while the youths in the Movement for Black Lives were repudiated and disregarded?

Why It Hurts When the World Loves Everyone but Us https://t.co/RjL6PioFnl (http://twitter.com/deannamascle/status/967396224776261632?s=17)


Fix this nightmare or write your concession speeches.  https://t.co/QZrAocLL2w

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/piamancini/status/967497916632961024


Black Teens Have Been Fighting for Gun Reform for Years

Teens’ recent fight for gun control is awesome and inspiring, but don’t forget that it’s exactly what young black activists have been doing.



In just a little over a week, Emma González has gone from Beatles-loving teen worried about AP Gov to leader of a national movement of mass shooting survivors. #MarchForOurLives


more on emma



very hunger games (qr scenario) ish – 4 min video – Delaney Tarr – @delaneytarr



Faith Consultant (@jndevereux) tweeted at 3:14 PM – 24 Feb 2018 :

If owning a gun was an effective means of self-defense, your insurance rates would go down when you bought one. But they go up, because actuaries have proven that you’re far, far more likely to shoot yourself or a family member than someone attacking you. (http://twitter.com/jndevereux/status/967523062123057158?s=17)


what if ness

Parkland Students Launch #WhatIf Campaign [VIDEO] – https://t.co/ePOhlgbFTu https://t.co/ZVHDPMIFiO

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/JoeMyGod/status/968248617797431297


Intrepidteacher (@intrepidteacher) tweeted at 6:35 AM – 27 Feb 2018 :

Wow. These young adults are amazing. It’s the first time i have felt hope about American in a very long time.

You make me proud to be an American. https://t.co/amQij25S2D (http://twitter.com/intrepidteacher/status/968479608646463488?s=17)

kids have always been amazing.. they’ve been asking/telling us to wake up for some time.. let’s not wait.. in listening to all the voices


Emma González (@Emma4Change) tweeted at 9:33 AM on Tue, Mar 06, 2018:
Friendly reminder that the argument to Protect Schools completely ignores Churches, Malls, Concerts, etc. that have also been host to mass shootings – we can’t build our world out of Kevlar, just remove the guns that cause the most carnage it’s so Simple


parkland diaries



TayGo (@taygogo) tweeted at 2:03 PM – 24 Mar 2018 :

See, this shit is terrifying, too. How quickly the U.S. military machine, the greatest purveyor of gun violence against civilians in the entire world, can co-opt this message should worry you.
https://t.co/cxKGWnkRNm (http://twitter.com/taygogo/status/977636960800989184?s=17)


David Graeber (@davidgraeber) tweeted at 5:47 AM – 30 Jun 2018 :
police tasers were sold to the public again & again as a non-lethal alternative to guns (“you’d rather the cop shoot him?”) This was a lie. Tasers are weaponised torture devices used in almost every case where the cop would never have considered using a firearm. https://t.co/a0hx1OmO7X (http://twitter.com/davidgraeber/status/1013026282173554689?s=17)

Yippylippy (@Yippylippy) tweeted at 12:13 PM – 29 Jun 2018 :
@ggreenwald Here’s something we really haven’t been told about. Big surprise. https://t.co/VrPUuSbAbN (http://twitter.com/Yippylippy/status/1012761090013450247?s=17)

Police have killed more than 1,000 people with Tasers since 2000



Sarah Schauer (@SJSchauer) tweeted at 2:27 PM – 2 Aug 2018 :
After 23 school shootings in 2018 we’ve finally banned straws (http://twitter.com/SJSchauer/status/1025115784715153409?s=17)


David Graeber (@davidgraeber) tweeted at 5:01 AM – 11 Aug 2018 :
this just in from Marshall Sahlins: it’s been circulating in the USA https://t.co/SRunh372d8 (http://twitter.com/davidgraeber/status/1028234980265287680?s=17)


aug 20 2018 – emma and matt on trevor noah

@Emma4Change and @MattxRed discuss the @AMarch4OurLives tour and why the youth vote in the midterm elections matters so much. https://t.co/AsVPYhTZDN

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/TheDailyShow/status/1031647310353186816

‘there is no normality.. until we come together and try to change this.. i know you want us to be kids.. but we have more important things to do’ @MattxRed

chomsky serious things law


denver area schools closed..columbine anniversary warning

Spending quality time at home with the kids this morning, getting in some dad practice on explaining the imperfections of the world that adults have created. https://t.co/HXWCzoYr3d
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/thisjw/status/1118516233706430464

same day .. from becca:

Sol Pais.

Solcita. Cualquier cosa in your mind.
Whatever led you to undermine
yours included…
I’m so sorry.
Lo siento que no pudimos ayudarte.
That we did not know how to love you,
that we didn’t see your pain, that we assigned you names

names reserved for our “enemies”
– those we
refuse to see,
as our brother, sister…
branches of our human family tree

Some people don’t deserve dignity?
It seems that this is something on which we unconsciously agree.

Solcita, I look at your face.
18 years young and deemed “dangerous.”

I don’t blame us… entirely.
We are fear-driven,
protectors, investigators…
and we love our children.

But do we love you, child?

I admit, it would be harder to write this had you carried out your plans.
I admit, it would be harder to love you had you been a white man.
My biases precede me.
I too am guilty.

I admit, I have not been a direct victim of school-violence…
So I hold silence. I hold you as sacred, daughter of the earth, child of the sea.

Solcita, preciosa.

You are the imago dei. Innocent, guilty, beautiful, sufferer.
Aren’t we all?
And aren’t we all victims of our own internal landscape?
Depressed, angry, heart-broken, misinformed, unseen, outcast, blamed, shamed.

Sol Pais, lo siento que no pudimos salvarte.

Rest in peace #SolPais


Lightly Redacted Lesley Grrrr (@Buncombian) tweeted at 4:06 AM – 9 May 2019 :
Maybe we should start saying “thank you for your service” to students, because it feels like we’re sending them into war zones every day. https://t.co/ZmuCZ29BQV (http://twitter.com/Buncombian/status/1126428135057166342?s=17)

way before school shootings