Refocusing the Occupy Movement on Hunger
With the continuing economic crisis, poverty and hunger are growing quickly in the U.S. Political commentator and strategist Donna Brazile talks about how the Occupy Movement should incorporate this huge issue into their overall goals for change.
Hunger doesn’t have a political party or a base of support; it is indiscriminate and crippling. I applaud the folks behind Occupy Hunger for pointing out something that often gets lost in national discussions: There are people, families with children, grandmothers and grandfathers, who are struggling mightily in this country, and we are called to help them.
There are women and men in our midst who have returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan and now find themselves without a job or a place to call home. Occupy Hunger is also working to draw attention to their plight so we can all give a little to help them transition back into their lives.
Even in the economic downturn, there’s little doubt that we all have something for which we are thankful. Our families, our health and our friends come to mind. Hardworking people still need help with food, and they will be grateful for the kindness of strangers who donate food. While you’re at it, donate a used coat, shoes or blankets to those who might need those items, as well.
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