Do It Anyway

Today was about young lives lost – and somehow more.

At Jubilee today, our phenomenal visiting minister Alba Onofrio spoke strong and straight about the high school shootings in Parkland, FL.  She called out the lies of politicians who send their “thoughts and prayers” to the victims and their families – but take money from the gun lobby and do nothing to pass common sense gun legislation.  She said that the surviving students themselves are taking the lead in calling out the lie in politicians who are saying it’s “too soon” to talk about gun control, when really it’s too late.

Alba Onofrio
Alba Onofrio at Jubilee

The Jubilee choir sang a song by Martina McBride – Anyway – about the need to take action in the face of total uncertainty about how things will turn out.  It’s very beautiful.

Somebody made an announcement that in the afternoon there would be a rally downtown to remember the victims of the shooting.  I had actually been numb and distracted at the time of the shooting and it was all just catching up to me today at Jubilee – so I knew I wanted to go to the rally.

The rally was wonderful – well attended, with powerful and touching speeches, and great signs.

Burr and Tillis are our NC U.S. senators – and apparently among the highest in how much NRA money they take in.

common sense laws

Moms demand action

not soon enough

Protect our kids

the crowd today
The crowd today, 2/18/18, in downtown Asheville.

Highlights from the speeches:
– from a Stoneman Douglass High School (the school of the tragedy) alumnus:
– “I will not fall back into silence” and
– “I will not accept inaction”.
– from a mom who is a survivor of gun violence:
– “I see the tide shifting.  We must throw out officials who take money from the NRA.  We must vote out politicians who don’t vote for common sense gun laws.”

There was music, including one of my favorite classic protest songs, “Blowin’ in the Wind”:  “How many deaths will it take ’til we know that too many people have died?”
Peter, Paul and Mary

Want to take action?  Moms Demand Action
– to connect with organizers in your area, text “ready” to 64433

At the end of the Jubilee service, the band – which tends to rock out at the end of the service (people dancing, etc.) – offered us an almost incomprehensibly sweet, happy, hopeful song: Jimmy Cliff’s “I Can See Clearly Now”.  I danced and cried.  Playing it now, I am happy and hopeful and crying.  I recommend it.

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