I went alone; no one was around or able to come with me. Rayne stayed home with Henry as it was frigidly cold this morning.
Regardless, it felt great.
- "26 Names," a song written by Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown for the Sandy Hook victims and sung by actress Montego Glover (Broadway credits include Memphis, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls). She sang the victims' names one by one in a beautiful melody that brought fresh tears to eyes that I thought were done crying over those poor babes and their teachers. I really like the post-Newtown sentiment of making a point to remember the names of those killed. So important yet so rare.
- A speech by New York City Councilwoman Letitia James (from Brooklyn's 35th District). She is a powerful speaker who succeeded in getting a shivering crowd fired up.
- And of course, the final speech by 1MM4GC's founder, Shannon Watts, a mom from Indiana who became, as she said, "an accidental activist" after the Newtown tragedy.
Here are some photos of the event.
|Gathering in Cadman Plaza.|
|Marching over the Brooklyn Bridge.|
|After the rally in City Hall Park.|
Next stop: Washington DC on January 26 for the March on Washington for Gun Control, also co-sponsored by 1MM4GC.
There is a lot of momentum for change on this issue. Doing something beyond hand-wringing and crying feels awesome. Come to the march in DC if you can. Henry and I will be there!
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