Today when I read an article in the CJ I was surprised I found something that had been lacking for some time.
Read this article: Hundreds march for social justice courier-journal.com The Courier-Journal#pluckcomments#pluckcomments#pluckcomments.
There were almost 300 people marching for "Social Justice." What is social justice? In the eyes of the marchers it is a right to housing, food, living wages, and education. Many do not realize that these simple necessities are hard to obtain for many poor. With a unemployment rate locally approaching 11% and rising across the Country as well one has to wonder when this will end and what is there to hope for?
From the article:
Khalilah Collins said participants were trying to showcase issues faced by low-income people, including a need for affordable housing, living wages and access to education.
In these trying times it seems like the right message and a worthy goal to me. Nowhere did I see anyone asking for a handout I only saw the protesters asking for help. Notice the marchers? There were representatives from all walks of life. Black and white, rich and poor, marching as one to bring a voice to the voiceless.
You see homelessness, hunger, poverty knows no skin color or divides at all. It can happen to any of us at any time. It can be caused to loss of job due to cutbacks, or downsizing. It can be due to an unexpected medical problem. The list is endless.
I saw hope in the fact that the marchers took it upon themselves to bring faces to the faceless in this regard. They stood together as one with no boundaries as to race, religion, or creed. I commend that. A peaceful demonstration gave me hope that perhaps the people could rise again and take back the power from the corrupt that have long forgotten there responsibilities to each of us.
Many detractors, and commenter's on the article at the CJ tried to turn this into lazy people not wanting to work and looking for handouts kind of demonstration.
Hogwash. Homelessness and hunger have been on the rise for a few years. Heck I reported on it in this website from the Mayor's conference in 2005. There is nothing lazy about losing your job and not being able to find work again. Most do not ask for this life. Most I speak with in this situation have came on hard times through no fault of their own and do not like the situation anymore than the self righteous who cast stones at them accusing them of being lazy and worthless.
Heck I have been close myself due to a medical problem and knee surgery. try missing almost a year of work thanks to that only to find the economy tanked and the good jobs in labor or management are dried up. How do yo think I ended up at Kroger against all my training and skill?
Judge not lest ye be judged. If you haven't walked a mile in these shoes then how can you sit in judgement of them? So many of us are just one paycheck away from being in the same situation today that it is incredulous to me that anyone can be so cruel or casual to the folks who are standing up for us all.
I have great hope when I see marches like this. I see great hope in a better future because of the involvement of the few to bring a voice to the many.
Like the message or dislike it be thankful someone has the courage and conviction to stand up for their beliefs. God knows we need more like that perhaps we would not be in this mess.
One more comment from the article:
"The people took back the streets," said Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman, who came to show his support. "It was a moment of empowerment."
Great comment and perhaps just one more step towards taking back our entrenched political leaders that have caused most of this anyway.
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