pro tip for speakers at rallies:
stop saying “you and your children”. stop saying “our children”.
because you know who you’re explicitly not talking to when you do that? whose presence and right to be included in the conversation you’re ignoring? children.
include children in “you”.
include children in “us".
the young people of this country are not “the future” of this country. they’re not waiting at home for their parents to fight for their rights. they’re here with us, in this mess, now. they’re part of this country, not in the future, but now. they’re affected by policies, by ideologies, by the normalization of hate and violence, not in the future, but now.
and they’re acting now. they’re making signs. they’re marching. they’re staging walkouts. they’re working in their communities. they’re advocating. they’re volunteering. they’re organizing. they’re starting movements.
stop talking about them like absent third parties.