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Talk, Talk, Talk

RECEIVED Wed., May 25, 2022

Dear Editor,
    Watching the immediate TV coverage of the Uvalde incident was a suffocating experience. All the empty questions constituted a metaphor for the decades-long failed approach to the prevention of hate, violence, and mental illness.
    Where will the FBI fly in from, what was the role of the border police, has the president been briefed, who will the FBI question and what will they ask? What about the shooter’s social media postings, what was his motive, what did witnesses and neighbors see and think, how many shots did neighbors hear? How are people finding out their child or teacher is okay, why do active shooter incidents continue to grow, how sad it is for parents who won’t be able to drop a child off to school any longer. Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk.
    Apparently, nobody knows what to do.
Kimball Shinkoskey

Fight for Each Other

RECEIVED Wed., May 25, 2022

Dear Editor,
    Random gun violence in the USA is a *symptom* of the disease. Our nation was founded on genocide and racial violence. We are aggressively patriarchal and deeply individualistic. We glorify billionaires and look down on the poor.
    USAmericans don’t learn the importance of community, of solidarity, of helping our struggling neighbors. We are taught to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, that crying is weakness, and that our differences and disabilities are to be mocked.
    We live in a country that wages war all over the world. We blindly support terrorist organizations like NATO, commit war crimes abroad, and ignore the suffering and destruction left in our path. Our local police departments carry weapons of war on our streets. We glorify violence and death. We allow our children to be radicalized online.
    The taxes we pay to the USA get us nothing. No health care. No jobs guarantee or living wage. No affordable housing. Underfunded education. Only more military. More police. Overfunded prisons. Our entire system of government is oppressive and anti-democratic.
    This IS America. This is who we are. We built this. We own this. We are unique in the world in the horror that we inflict on ourselves and upon others. We are never going to fix these specifically American problems without first taking a real, long, honest look at our history.
    We have to dismantle the systems of oppression our nation was founded on. This isn’t something we can pray for. This isn’t something we can fix by passing a bill or a reform. The terror is built into our system. To be rid of the terror, we must be rid of the system.
    Talk to your neighbors and coworkers. Join a union. Build community mutual aid and defense organizations. Plant a community garden. Join a revolutionary organization. Read the books they told you not to read. We have to take care of each other. We have to learn from each other. We have to fight for each other.
Jen Wireman
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