by Craig Juntunen
Tonight in Kansas City, two more families came up to join me during the Q&A. We have been including local families and their STUCK stories as part of the Town Hall/Q&A since the very early part of the tour. Tonight, like every other night, the stories were very emotional, and the absurd details of the stories once again left the audience shaking their heads.
When the audience hears these stories and realizes how society is under-utilizing the solution of a family to serve the best interest of children the information is shocking and the reaction is always…
The answer is political apathy. The reason political apathy persists is a severe lack of public awareness. The STUCK tour is changing that. Now is the time to transform new-found awareness into action. Our elected officials are applying their attention and energies to other issues because other groups and lobbyist have succeeded in making their issue prominent and important.
Now it is our turn. We can move adoptable kids out of orphanages and into families if we can convince the world that these kids’ lives matter and they should become a priority. Each of us has leverage with our elected officials. Our leverage is our vote. The kids we are advocating for can’t vote, and so they don’t have a voice. By having a vote, we can become their voice.
Take action today to be a voice for these kids. Send a copy of STUCK to your representatives who are elected to serve you. Tell them your vote is connected to this issue and their position and actions will influence your future voting behavior. Ask them to come to one of the remaining screening dates, and be part of the STUCK experience in their community. Force them be part of this conversation. Ask to meet with them to discuss this issue, and a great day to do that is May 16th the day before the march. Be bold, be persistent. After you have made your position clear with your elected officials, ask your social networks to do the same.
Political priority can be defined by the power of the people.
It is our duty to defend the right of a child to belong in a family. The force of our movement grew tonight because people in Kansas City, Missouri agree.