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For many days now, all of us here at Crazy Sweet CuteWear have stood in solidarity with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 17.  We posted a powerful and well-received blog about it and our Facebook page has had an ongoing picture memorial of those precious lives lost.

Now as students around South Florida and the nation peacefully protest their right to be heard and have their grief converted into actual action, we as a women's apparel company,  focused on empowering women, would like to briefly applaud the students and voice our support once again.

The solutions that will prevent tragedies like those tormenting the beautiful community of Parkland --  in Broward County in Florida --  from ever occurring again or at least minimizing the likelihood  are numerous. More than one thing can be done and all of them must be done. Our kids are worth it.

Crazy Sweet CuteWear  is powered by women. Women are our primary customers. And all of us are either mothers now or will be someday in the future. Women and children are inseparable. These two are forever conjoined. It's in the DNA of our company and every woman reading this and those who love them appreciate this truth.

As we all proudly support the students who are exercising their constitutional rights to free speech and protest, let us not forget that the issues these kids, these teens, these young adults are standing up for are actually bigger than the horrible Valentine's Day events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and extend far beyond Parkland, Florida

Kids in general are in danger. Every day in South Florida and around the nation our children are being slaughtered not in groups of 17 but annually by the hundreds if not thousands. Some  ... the result of gang culture, drugs, innocent bystanders in violent neighborhoods and, yes, even at school. Some are not even in High School.  They are ages 12 or 10 or 7 or 5 or 3 and even infants.

As I write this blog, I'm reminded of a little Black girl in Miami Gardens who was shot in the head a few years ago in her home while her grandmother braided her hair. No one was ever apprehended. No one protested.

Our kids are in real danger. The vast majority of them will not receive 1% of the support or trigger the national debate, protests, and outrage that the priceless children in Parkland have garnered.

As women and as part of the Broward community, we applaud and support the Parkland student protests. For these courageous and emboldened kids, teens and young adults  are protesting for something far bigger than themselves.

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