There’s good news if we look for it, in leaders who take the best of our history and stand up (or sit down to strike for) healthy change. Today, I want to remind us to
Here’s Congressman John Lewis leading a sit-down strike with fellow democrats, a gesture that turned out, as these peaceful gestures do, to be largely symbolic, as many of these protests are at first. However, this was no small event. Unprecedented, much covered in the media, it offered a clear lens to highlight Democrat’s convictions, and the Republican resistance to dialogue and compromise, bringing the issue of gun violence and the deadlock on shifting policy to the fore, loud and clear.
According to Michael Nutter, CNN: “No, it was no stunt. Just as he defiantly marched across the Pettus Bridge 51 years ago to demand voting rights for black Americans, he and a cohort of colleagues have defiantly demanded the right to safety in their nation. They engaged in a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives for 24 hours and counting to push a vote that would prevent people who are on a terrorist watch list from buying guns. ”
Representative John Larson said of the protest, which included traditional strategies like singing “We Shall Overcome,” and holding photographs of the victims: “What we witnessed yesterday was a historic event,” Larson said shortly before it ended. “Yesterday was a sit-in. But, as much as a sit-in, it was a teach-in.”