(This is a photo of 7th grader Chris Williams, and two of his buddies walking the picket line with us. I received the following email from WGA member Rama Stagner.)
I just met the most amazing kid on the picket line. He was obviously alone and I was curious so I asked (jokingly) if he was a WGA member, with someone who was - or if he was just there to support us. He was just there to support us. It blew me away.
I had about an hour long conversation as we walked the line. His name is Chris Williams and he's a twelve year old who goes to Walter Reed. He'd been in a comic book store near CBS Radford last week (looking at Superhero comics, his favorite) and saw the strike. He said he thought what we were doing was heroic so he asked his mom if he could join us. She said yes and he's been on the line almost every day since. He's even talked a few of his school buddies to come once in a while. I asked him if he wanted to be a writer and he said he'd never really thought about it until this week. And yes, maybe he did.
I told him he should write about what he was experiencing.
And then he told me he already did. He wanted to show it to me but I didn't know if that was appropriate, so I introduced him to the Strike Captains and asked him to call his mom and make sure it was okay. She approved so I read it right there on the line.
Just two pages - but it made me me feel like a hero. It made me cry.
Is there any way we can get a story about this kid out there? At least acknowledge him on our website?
A seventh-grader this idealistic, willing to walk the picket line alone, gives me new hope for this country. I think his story should be shared.
(Rama followed up with Chris' mom - she and Chris agreed to let us post his writing, and one of his drawings here. A comic book fan, Chris writes from two perspectives: his own, and Super CC's.)