“What you have done to the lest of these, you have done to me…”
Dear All – This week I travel to Minneapolis to be a presence with the Poor Peoples Economic Human rights Campaign as they struggle to have their voice heard at the Republican National Convention. They are doing a March for our Lives and a Truth Commission on Poverty in the United States.
Thinking of the million of dollar figures that are thrown around in regards to the campaign trail, it is amazing to think that anyone in the United States or outside of the United States has to organize to have enough to eat, a place to live, and work that respects their full dignity as a person. Yet we all know that this is the daily lived reality for so many and most tragically for so many children, who make up the largest percentage of those who fall below the “poverty line.”
The Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign, is organizing around the Declaration of Human Rights which states that poverty is a violation of human rights…the right to live safely, to be educated, and to work for a fair wage…the right to eat and drink healthy food and water…these are inherent communal rights. Not rights granted through public policy, but a lived reality that every community and institution is responsible to provide to everyone – anything less is a violation. Therefore the very notion of a “poverty line” presents the slippery public policy slope toward accepting a notion of those who will have and those who will have not, a notion that some must exist without for some to exist with all. It brings to mind St. Francis’ radical understanding of how an accumulation of goods breaches our relationship to Sacred Mystery by distorting the notion of gift that imbibes everything we live within and live with.
So please keep us and the Campaign in your prayers this week, as they work to create a creative space for the voice of the poor to speak to those in power and demand that the United States fulfill its obligation to its people, to the Declaration of Human Rights, and most importantly to its own children. For some more information on this campaign go to….http://www.economichumanrights.org/index.shtml
Many thanks to WomensWell and Sister Delmarie who will host us while we are there! – Much Peace Liz
FSPA JPICC Coordinator
8th Day Center of Justice
205 W. Monroe
Chicago, IL 60606