I was in good company. There were at at least 8 clergy, along with 16 other folks who got arrested. Together, we were standing in solidarity with the Poor People’s Campaign in their second week of action focused on Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty. We were part of a nationwide campaign – with over 400 people getting arrested this past Monday in state capitols around the nation.
And the week before – same thing!
Hundreds of people got arrested, and thousands more standing for the theme of “Somebody’s Hurting Our People.”
It is time to break the silence about America’s real war on the poor, and for us all to understand the systemic nature of poverty. Although our economy might be growing, wages are not increasing; the federal minimum wage will does not keep people out of poverty; and, 40% of American have debt as a result of health care.
I believe that people should not live or die in poverty in the the richest country in the world.
I believe that it is time to reclaim the moral narrative of our country. As an elder I know that we must care for all people; and especially those who are going through difficult times. Isn't it our moral responsibility to care for the poor, the widow, the orphan, and to provide a good education for all children, along with decent health care? I think so.