The guests on this weeks Moyers and Company are Francine and David Wheeler, and the topic is The Sandy Hook Promise. At the end of this segment Francine Wheeler and Dar Williams sing “Family”…I’m still blinking tears.
Francine Wheeler and Peter Yarrow discuss with Bill the power of music to create change, and their mission to protect children and adults from gun violence in communities across America. We also see excerpts from the concert, soon to appear on many public television stations. Later, the conversation continues as David Wheeler joins his wife to talk about what can be done and if the gun issue can be addressed in a way that includes diverse viewpoints and bypasses partisan brinkmanship.
The full transcript can be read by clicking the link under the video on Moyers’ website. David Wheeler’s words will stay with me……
Don’t stop talking about it among yourselves, among your family, among your community. Whether that’s your community of faith or your town or your city or your state, on the national stage. Do not think that this problem will go away. Because it won’t. It hasn’t in the four months since we lost our son, and it’s not going away any time soon. It is an enormous problem.
So contact your elected representatives and if they don’t give you satisfactory answers, then allow them to understand the expression of political will in its most democratic sense. Someone in Washington told me, a senator said, “There has to be something worth going home over. There has to be a vote that you know in your heart is worth going home over.” So on the most basic level as citizens, let your elected representatives know what vote you think is worth going home over.
The website has other links, including an interesting discussion with several musicians re the power of music to create social change. Moyers And Company: The Sandy Hook Promise