today the children awoke from their long deadened sleep today they rubbed the dried crumbs of apathy from their eyes today they woke up from a paralysis of non-action they put down their electronic gadgetry of the age for a moment slipped out from beneath what has long kept them mesmerized and often blinded today they woke up to a new morning suddenly paying a new kind of attention
until today a passive segment of youth has walked though days like sheep having bought into the lies and decisions made for them by others for their future
until today they have stepped, stupified and stumbling distracted like robots through the motion activism was only an unknown social action performed by their parents or grandparents in some decade before they were conceived until today until today they believed and swallowed all that had been spoon-fed to them over the years by a never-questioned authority but today, was a different kind of day
until today mommy and daddy had written check after check starving students have lived on hard-fought grants some juggling the act of college and part-time job living in sub-standard housing if they were lucky enough to find it a whisper away from poverty’s dank streets a generation forced into recession’s survival mode with the pipe dream that a degree might be the only salvation for their young lives and today they woke up today they finally had enough
today yes! they finally cried enough!
today, i smiled proud of these children of an age into the streets they screamed fighting for their rights to higher education fighting for something they believed in! protesting the rise in fees and costs that would have them the one’s left behind the very children left behind in this era of lies spewed from the dank, foul mouth of another bad actor politician whose smirking grin has all but taken out this , their once-golden state today they realized how they’ve been fooled shunned realizing suddenly today that they too were these children he promised not to leave behind
and today in the streets they closed down the halls of higher education put the entire uc system into operational shut-down mode and today i smiled with hope at their fury a generation finally awake after the long wait we’ve wondered how much a generation could take as authority smugly pressed their young, smooth backs up against erudite walls walls of society’s troubled brick pushed and pushed simply because they were certain of the apathy certain no one of this generation would react and today they were wrong!
today this generation responded with spark fire in young eyes today they walked through gates to hallowed halls stood in the streets and in quads and said, no more! these children linked arms climbed in windows barracaded themselves in hallways in emptied classrooms fought campus police and saw with their own innocent eye what we saw forty years ago when we stood where they stood today battered and bloodied wondering about constitutional rights as batons and tear gas burned our throats and eyes as we too, demanded change demanded an end to another senseless war watched with the same young eyes while the sixties ‘pigs’ hauled us away beating those rights out of us ‘pigs’, ‘the authorities’ laughed as they tried to kick the activism out of us too and today these children saw that side as their own young fallen comrades wiped pepper spray from burning eyeballs and blood from the faces of their fellow students crying, where is my right to assemble peacefully? where are my freedoms?
today, a new generation demanded fairness and justice recognition for their efforts at higher education and screamed, no more realizing that this cannot go on knowing they want better lives they demanded affordable education unable to bear the sight of their already-spent fees swirling red and brown down the drain of a dirty shitter in the movie set of a pretend governor’s undeserved mansion
today i end this day in solidarity with a generation previously unknown
today i am proud of these new children who’ve awakened and are ready
for the fight
for something they believe in…