by Dani Cooke
We all know that Watershed is a small community in a small residential neighborhood in a small yet ultra-progressive city—so, when about fifty of us decide to walk out of class and sit on the pavement by the front office, the world doesn’t exactly take note.
To me—and many other students with which I’ve spoken—these are beyond difficult times. It is far too easy to feel helpless and small, so when students are getting shot in their classrooms, the only way we know to respond is to get up and hope someone notices what it’s like when we’re gone.
We talk with our friends. We hug our parents. We read the news. We get coffee and sleep too late and binge-watch Netflix when we should be doing homework.
And when armed with paper and pen, we write. We demand change.
Over the course of the walkout, Sam Andrews and I organized one major action component to offset the seemingly futile nature of our civil disobedience: a write-in. Lasting all of seventeen minutes, these letters were brief but mighty.
Dozens signed pre-printed letters to Congress. Almost fifty used an online form to send a letter in their name. A handful of students and teachers even hand-wrote letters of their own. All of these were sent to Cory Gardner (R), one of our Colorado state senators who still opposes greater implementation of legislation against gun violence. Additionally, brief notes were sent to senator Michael Bennett (D) and representative Jared Polis (D) thanking them for their policy-based action in Congress to prevent future mass shootings.
This was more than just a walk-out, and the work is far from over. Want to send your own letter? Write your own or send a pre-written letter in your name at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VGC6LV6.