I think we all wish conscience would take over the perverse greed that has perpetuated the corporate psyche of American capitalism and abroad.
Goodluck my brothers.
To be honest, I dont like the name of this "tour" It commercializes the harsh reality of the majority of Americans. Im all down for spreading vital information and solutions for our brothers and sisters that are without. The fact of the matter is that they need Jobs, they need a steady income, they need food, they need medical attention. Those that are without these necessities know that the minority of conscience and affluent people are aware of their conditions. They want them to do something about their conditions. Instead of sponsoring a child overseas, we need to incorporate that way of thinking within our own communities.
I think the tour could be a positive thing. The name "Poverty" Tour is troubling, as MSKM stated. A more positive, encouraging word should replace it. The tour should include as a priority to register voters and explain the importance of voting and voting for the person who best supports their needs. This tour will hopefully be about educating the people and directing them to resources to help them. If this tour is about visibility and enterprise for the directors, the mission will hurt the people more than anything else. As I said, this could be a positive thing and I remain hopeful.
Are U coming to the hub of the tea party, SC ? The cradle of conservative polonitical ideology.
The working and poor are running around like hamsters trying get that next crumb of bread because
that'S all they know. We don't need anyone to put a magnifying glass on us, we authentic solidarity and a
means to hone in on the strengths of the people. American style capitalism has been spoon fed to each and everyone of us. The dog eat dog mentality rules. WE NEED AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE STATUS QUO AND WE ALL MUST BE WILLING TO MAKE THE SACRIFICE.
Yes it should be called what it is. Because we make excuse for our politicians. Where Wall Street with other elected politicians ran The Three Card Monty scam to the tune of 16 Trillion dollars by the Feds. There is no desire to promote the general welfare of the citizenry. That would require some common decency and principles. We have are reach that paradigm where those who have less shall have nothing. Where the CPI(Consumer Price Index)is being replace by the politicians' CPI(Corruption Perception Index).
Where poor have become the invisible There is declining habit in our politicians persona for telling the truth about the poor and the hungry in America.There are certain abiding principles that we as Progressive and Democrats will never sacrifice. For those Democrats we elected who sit quietly and do nothing, we find them wanting. They are what we call “Donald Rumsfeld” of the argument . Where space and time is made up of a looped ribbon. Where their so-called principles are nonsense that been spoon fed truth. Is there in balm for the down trotted and the poor? Have redemption become sotto voce of what in it for me?
I support this movement. Thank God for Smiley & West. See y'all in Chicago.
With all respect to you, Marion Young; of course i am paraphrasing your comments, however...Marion Young said:
...The name "Poverty" Tour is troubling, as MSKM stated. A more positive, encouraging word should replace it. The tour should include as a priority to register voters...
we must not be afraid of a Poor Peoples Campaign or a Poverty Tour. and, we must re-enlist many non-voters to the task of reclaiming our democracy before the changes in tax laws (protect the rich and opress all others) evolve into changes in voting laws (jerrymandering, return of poll tax, literacy test, etc.). great point here about rocking-the-vote, perhaps another Freedom Summer type of movement?
too many of us walk around desensitized to the plight of folks in situations like these - many of us are predicated on tweaking our level of comfort while we should be concerned with speaking out about others' dis-comfort. what we need now is not love, as in: "i got love for you folks so come and see us on tour", but rather passion - the sort of passion that ignites us to action. us in the middle (read: underclass) need some catalyst. Tavis, Cornell, someone else - step into the void and lead, do not simply report/refute/complain/pontificate but work to organize a sustainable movement that we can affiliate with, latch-on to and work for. is there no more hope for a unifying voice for, of and by the people here in America any more? I'm happy to see that some remain hopeful, i, on the other hand, am impatient...
I don't really see any reason for disguising the purpose of the tour by calling it something
else. It is what it is.