"I stand with my arms linked with the people beside..."
As a Catholic university, we strive to be a community in which the dignity of each person is respected and everyone can truly flourish. Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., challenged our community to reflect on the following statement: “Let us never do anything to make another member of our community feel unwelcome, and let us not stand by if we see others doing so. Either we walk together in mutual support, or we do not walk at all. Either we are all Notre Dame, or none of us are." Tell us about a time when you walked with others.
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I stand with my arms linked with the people beside me, a large group of teens like a chain link fence as far as the eye can see. We march to the cadence of the song “Found/Tonight,” and with every lyric our feet seem to more firmly hit the concrete on the sidewalk of downtown Flagstaff.
“We may have not yet reached our glory.” We step, silent.
“but I will gladly join the fight.” We march further still.
In many ways, organizing the March for Our Lives in my city was larger than myself. I called every political figure I could find to ask questions about organization, to see if they’d give a speech, to see if they would show. In one sense, I walked with others literally, but the teamwork and collaboration behind the event allowed me to walk with others in our hope of forging a better future for all.