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February 23, 2018

Seniors Should be Inspired by the Next Generation of Activists

By Robert Roach, Jr.
President
Alliance for Retired Americans

By now we have all heard about the dreadful assault at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day which killed 17 people. Out of this tragedy a new group of young people has risen up. They have created a climate for change in this country that we have not seen on a very divisive issue. Personally, I could not be more proud of how these new activists are conducting themselves.

They are motivated, articulate, dedicated to their cause and speaking truth to power. In just one week, they have visited state and federal lawmakers, done hundreds of interviews, met with the President of the United States, marched, rallied and begun to secure commitments for incremental change.

These young people are a testament to the power of collective action, and as retirees, we should never forget to use our collective voices as forcefully as they have used theirs.

Like the students of Parkland, we must tell our elected officials that they are either with us or against us, and that we will vote in November.

Like the students of Parkland, we must demand action to protect older Americans.

The people of America are tired of their elected officials being more concerned with what their donors want than what the people want.

By speaking out, we can take back our country from the special interests and give all Americans a government that is once again of the people and for the people.

All of us should be reminded to use our voices and push for the change we wish to see in our country.

 

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