Quick! When was the last time you heard about solid proposals to fight poverty during this election year?
(Photo via The Borgan Project)
I know. It's not a very sexy subject.
When you have a demagogue talking about marginalizing minorities in America and how hopeless the country is without his help...the subject of poverty is submerged in the barrage of hateful rhetoric.
We need to address poverty in this nation with positive programs and support from the entire American public. It's time to stop demonizing the poor.
Helping Americans should be a bipartisan subject. But it isn't, much to all of our shame. This election cycle is all about finger-pointing and lies. Seems like addressing poverty doesn't get votes in this new rude era of politics.
When I hear some politicians saying this is the land of opportunity and if you work hard there's no reason you should be poor; it tells me how out of touch they are with reality.
The human spirit is indomitable. When I read the following article, I realized there's always hope if people work together in a common cause for the communal good.
Fighting for Seats at the Table: A Poor People's Movement in a Rustbelt Town
I hope this program (Think Tank) inspires more communities to take a pro-active approach to poverty and not another band aid approach, which has been the case for far too long.
Time for me to walk on down the road...