Activist students organize political protest Valentine’s Day, to show ‘what real love is’
Seventh- and eighth-grade students at the Fayerweather Street School have organized a Children’s March for Tuesday to express their distress over “the direction the country” and media are heading, and all young people – and others – are invited to take part, said Jennifer Kay.Goodman, a humanities teacher at the private school, and her co-teacher, Carolyn Bloomberg-O’Brien.
“They want to speak up and let adults and the community know how they feel,” Kay.Goodman said, explaining that the march was scheduled for Valentine’s Day to express “what real love is to children.”
The Children’s March is scheduled to last from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, with participants meeting at Harvard Square’s T station next to the Out of Town news kiosk, then walking to City Hall for speeches, songs and “a message of love” starting at around 4:45 p.m.
“This is very much a student-run thing,” Kay.Goodman said. It grew out of the school’s social action class – begun since the election of President Donald Trump as a way to channel students’ emotions – and student interest in attending a recent midday protest in Boston after realizing one class member was going with a parent.
“Pretty soon the whole class wanted to go,” but transportation and safety issues made that impossible, Kay.Goodman said. “We said, ‘You can have your own march.’”
Students at other schools have expressed interest in taking part, swelling potential numbers at the march to anywhere between 50 and 100, she said.
The posted message of the event, addressed to adults:
Many of us cannot vote, so we need our voices to be heard. We need adults to hear us, and act on our behalf.
We are the future. We will vote. Until then, please love us and by protecting our interests.
Love means politics shouldn’t define how children see themselves.
Love means all children are respected, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, nationality, or immigration status, or gender.
Love means access to nutritious food.
Love means access to meaningful education.
Love means taking care of the planet so it’s healthy when we are adults.
Love means access to sex education.
Love means acceptance.
The Facebook page for the event is here and can be found by clicking on the event flier: