Half of the children who enter Rio Grande Valley high schools do not graduate. There is no high tech industry to speak of, and the reason given, over and again—the work force is not trained for the skills required by industry.
|March to Occupy McAllen|
The cynic in me would like to dismiss both gatherings—one more think tank, one more march, what does it matter?
Hope, however, continues to rest upon its perch in my soul, and, cynic or not, I have to say that I found it amazing that so many people filled a room for two full days to wrestle, with hope, with troubles that have been around for a long time. And the march in McAllen, especially when linked with the others going on around the country, I found to be joy-filled. I was especially struck by the comments I overheard a very young man giving to a reporter. When asked “Why are you doing this?” he responded, “We are not doing this for ourselves, but for our grandchildren.”
“We,” he said, aware that the starting point was not himself, alone, but an entire world of people, the “99%.”
“We are doing this for our grandchildren,” he said, this twenty year old, who, although he had no children of his own, was already learning how to look off into the future, planning on being a father and a grandfather.
He, too, has hope.