These future theater makers, performers, and artists look fear in the eye every day and say, “Not today, Satan” - for many reasons. Watching them walk out of school today into Lincoln Center, I was hit with overwhelming awe. These kids know their power. These kids know they are self-defined and that anyone who tries to dull their sparkle is wrong, and have a wealth of discourse to say “and here’s why.” These kids know oppression and injustice when they see and feel it, and speak up. These kids are punk as hell. This country is full of whack adults with twisted values, but it’s also full of blindingly bright, stunningly determined, incredibly talented youth. They have my support, admiration, and voice in their choir. I am lucky I get to walk into this building with them, make art, and support their lives and dreams. Enough is enough. Not one more. One child is more precious than all the guns in the world. If I can instill into these kids that they matter, they are valued by the adults they look up to who are supposed to protect them, that feels like a lot- and it should be baseline for any adult that enters a child’s life.