Alright, so I seem to have abandoned my blog in favor of Twitter. I’m coming out of semi-retirement for an important post — to participate in Blog Action Day ’08. As their website says, “Today thousands of bloggers will unite to discuss a single issue – poverty. We aim to raise awareness, initiate action and to shake the web!”
So here it is … the secret to eliminating poverty in three simple steps:
If there’s anything we learned from the current crisis, I’d like to suggest two lessons.
A. We need a stronger and growing middle class in the United States and to raise the quality of life throughout this country and across the world. Families, even in the prosperous United States, just do not have the resources and savings to withstand unemployment for long periods of time.
B. The rank-and-file employees in the workplace need to be heard. Do you really think that none of the thousands of folks who work in financial markets saw this ‘crisis’ on the horizon? That there was no group of workers that wanted to step in to their boss’s office and say, “Look, sir, we’re taking risks we should not take so we should change our ways so we don’t kill the global economy and put it on taxpayers to clean up our mess?” My guess is that there were many with this opinion but they silenced themselves because they too were reaping short-term rewards or for fear of retribution, of being fired?
I commend the work of unions like SEIU to unite workers so that not only can they achieve fair wages and benefits, but also so they can protect and enhance the quality and stability of vital services and industries. If a union isn’t your bag (but it probably should be), check out organizations like United Professionals.
Go now. Talk with a friend or co-worker about an issue that is bothering you. Find three other people who also want to see change on that issue and get them to commit to working together to make that change. Organize!
P.S. Check out JamsBio today for our Blog Action Day post: Songs About Poverty.
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