Sharing the beautiful words of Maria Pike, Illinois @MomsDemand volunteer. I am inspired by the work she does for to make Illinois safer on behalf of her son Ricky. Thank you @GovPritzker for signing #SB337 into law today! #twill
"I am holding a black pen. I am looking at it and looking at it, discovering all its intricate details, it reads “Seal of the State of Illinois August 26th. 1818” I marvel at the power it holds. The unattainable has just been attained because of its magic."
"I am holding a black pen and I am making plans for how I will be storing it and in what place it will be placed. I am holding a black pen, the last of a set the newly elected governor used to make the work of 16 years a reality. In four days this man has told us he sees us"
"and he will not go back on his promises. IN FOUR DAYS he has made the work of thousands of members of @MomsDemand and many other GVP organizations worth the struggle."
"I am holding a black pen and as I look at it I know that what I have is not really mine, it belongs to all those men and women who toiled all these years to make it possible for me to be holding one."
"It belongs to the mothers and dads who understood the pain of the families of the victims, who worked countless hours to cause the change that would make it possible, who went canvassing, marching, traveling from city to city, writing letters to the editor and their lawmakers"
"who decided that gun violence is PREVENTABLE and it was not going to knock at their own doors. Many times I have said 'without the support of the MDA mothers who did not lose their own I as a survivor would not be able to move forward'"
"@shannonrwatts without the army you build us survivors would not have a platform to cause change. This is a pen that belongs to you and all Moms Demand Action, @Everytown and the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention organizations (NSWOFA, Brady, People for a Safer Society,"
Peaceful Communities, G-PAC, ICHV etc.) who continue fighting in good will just because we all have the right to live free from the scourge of gun violence in our state and the nation as a whole."
"I will place this pen in Ricky’s room because it also belongs to all our angels. This is a symbol of the America we honor. Love and gratitude always."
I love Maria!! So much love from your neighbors in St. Louis, Missouri. ❤️
Thank you for sharing this beautiful quote.
Ya that gun control in Chicago is really working well!!
Thanks for posting this, @jeknee!
This is amazing.