Students are Leaders

There is hardly a week now that we do not read or hear about young people taking the initiative in our struggles to cope with the challenges of a pandemic, a recession, police brutality and racial injustice – and all of it against the backdrop of unrelenting climate change. On June 6th, I attended a Black Lives Matter rally in Great Barrington. It was organized, in part, by Calista Nelson, a senior at the local high school and her friend Langston Stahler and drew a larger crowd than any other event in Great Barrington before. Calista led through the action, announcing speakers and giving a short speech herself. I had met her before when she was tabling outside the local co-op selling raffle tickets for a school-related cause. A friend of mine who used to be her teacher also told me that she was one of the leaders in her school trying to organize a school chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Also...
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