Good morning campers and staff of Camp Baco. Our topic for today’s Sermon is Child Activists. In particular, a group of teenagers protested after the devastating events that took place on February 14, 2018. The mass shooting at Marjory Stonemason Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida killed 17 people. March for Our Lives is a student-led protest and rally calling for youth all over the world to stand up and march in support for gun control legislation. It was created by students of Marjory Stonemason Douglass that survived the shooting, and wanted to make a difference. Walking out of schools was a protest to raise awareness for the problem at hand. They wanted gun regulations, and people to feel more secure in their schools. Across America and the rest of the world there was rapid support growing. There were walk outs and protest marches in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, as well as in Liverpool, England, and walkouts in thousands of schools. The leaders David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Jaclyn Corin, and Matt Deutsch of March for Our Lives were awarded the 2018 International Children’s Peach Prize for the work and awareness they raised. The teenagers received the award during a ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa. Antiapartheid leader Desmond Tutu, the winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, presented the group with the award, and said he considered the movement to be one of the most significant instances of youth-led activism in recent memory. Because of the dedication of these few teenagers, and the differences they made around the country, 26 states and Washington DC enacted a total of 67 new gun control laws in 2018 – more than triple the number of stricter gun laws enacted in 2017. The laws include a higher minimum age to buy guns, restrictions for domestic abusers, “red flag” laws that let law enforcement take away guns from people that could be dangerous, and new urban gun violence reduction programs. The main message of the Torah is to not stand by and watch, but to stand up and be a leader, and make a difference. We should not stay silent while bad things happen around us. We should all try to be leaders no matter the circumstance to improve the world around us when change is needed.
- By: Jack D., and Sam. M., Baco Bunk 22