Today, at least a half-million people are expected to attend the March For Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C. and over 800 sister marches across the world. To support the organizers of the march, former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama wrote them a special letter.
Barack and Michelle Obama’s Powerful Letter to Parkland Survivors Should Be Required Reading
To support the organizers of the march, former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama wrote them a special letter.
“We wanted to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy,” the couple wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Mic.
“Not only have you supported and comforted each other, but you’ve helped awaken the conscience of the nation, and challenged decision-makers to make the safety of our children the country’s top priority,” the Obamas wrote in the letter, dated March 10. CNBC Make It reached out to the Obama Foundation for comment but did not receive a response before publication.
We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.
Young people have helped lead all our great movements. How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be. We’ve been waiting for you. And we’ve got your backs.
I’m in total awe of the extraordinary students in Florida. Like every movement for progress in our history, gun reform will take unyielding courage and endurance. But @barackobama and I believe in you, we’re proud of you, and we’re behind you every step of the way.
“Throughout our history, young people like you have led the way in making America better. There may be setbacks; you may sometimes feel like progress is too slow in coming,” the couple wrote. “But we have no doubt you are going to make an enormous difference in the days and years to come, and we will be there for you.”