Here is another article about the recent rightofway.org memorial stencil action.
It’s a biological imperative: We respond more emotionally to the deaths of children than we do to the deaths of middle-aged or old people. When kids lose their lives in preventable ways, whether from disease or violence, it makes us mad. And sometimes, it makes us do something.
In the 1940s and 50s, polio epidemics in the United States paralyzed and killed thousands of children, galvanizing research and later implementation of a vaccination protocol on an unprecedented scale. More recently, it was the sight of the bodies of children killed by chemical weapons in Syria that spurred a fresh round of international pressure to intervene. The massacre of first-graders in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 reignited the national debate over guns.
Another example comes from the Netherlands. There, in the 1970s, the rising number of children killed in traffic crashes – in 1971, 450 children died on the streets and roads — led to a mass protest movement pressuring the government to create protected bicycle infrastructure and reduce the dominance of cars. The movement was called “Stop de Kindermoord,” or “Stop the Child Murder,” taking its name from an article by journalist Vic Langenhoff, whose own child was killed in a road crash.
Read more: here.
Also, professor and writer Benjamin Shepard, who was on the ride wrote a nice recap:
Riding with Right of Way: STREET JUSTICE ACTIVISTS STENCIL MEMORIALS FOR 8 CHILDREN KILLED BY AUTOMOBILE THIS YEAR
Safer streets activists bicycle over 50 miles to 8 sites where children have been killed by automobile, painting a memorial at each site demanding justice
All last week, kids lined up along Prospect Park to pay homage to Sammy 12-year-old boy run over by a truck in Park Slope. His death was the topic at church, at school, everywhere.
sammy park slope by killed by julie markes