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People hold signs during the March for our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

THE 6 MINUTE, 20 SECONDS SILENCE with commentary NEEDS to be heard throughout our nation! Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Parkland High School (FL) high school mass shooting leaving 17 persons dead and many other wounded, closed the March with THE key message of the movement.  She used her time very effectively.  For a full description of the situation of the silence, I urge you to read the Boston Globe’s great article and watch CNN’s video.

She explained the significance of the silence, ‘‘Since the time that I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds. The shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape and walk free for an hour before arrest,’’ she said, voice clear. ‘‘Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job.’’

Gonzalez wrapped up the Washington, D.C., rally with some homework for those who demonstrated nationwide:

‘‘One final plug,’’ she said. ‘‘Get out there and vote.’’

That’s the bottom line of the outcome of the March for Our Lives:  Will WE THE PEOPLE VOTE?!

Standing at the corner of 11th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, a location halfway between the Capitol and the White House!  The official March venue was from 3rd St., NW to 13th St., NW. I was near the end of the official venue and it was PACKED the whole way! 

With the benefit of a large screen in the center of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW at 11th Street, we all were really involved participants in the March program.  The use of many video cameras mean that video shots were taken throughout the whole March, including several of the crowd where I was.

I will return home to Milton, WI this week with renewed audacity of HOPE for WE THE PEOPLE of the USA!  I know the strong influence which this movement of young adult citizens could become.  Numerous commentators were talking about this being the START of the movement.  This movement has the potential of fulfilling my own dream as to the empowerment of young adult citizens which was a key goal of my WASHINGTON SEMINAR which started in 1973.

We all must do our homework as assigned by Gonzalez, “GET OUT THERE AND VOTE!” 

Footnote to my WE THE PEOPLE column readers: There is a very significant vote for our WI Supreme Court on Tuesday, 4/3. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS) and WI Academic Decathlon. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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