It doesn’t have to be that way. Democracy may be a bit tattered these days, but it is not dead. The Occupy Movement is a reminder of that. Last November Yes! Magazine published a thought-provoking list of “Ten Ways the Occupy Movement Changes Everything.” It is worth revisiting the whole list, but the tenth is one that should give the 99% a sense of hope:
We have reclaimed our power. Instead of looking to politicians and leaders to bring about change, we can see now that the power rests with us. Instead of being victims to the forces upending our lives, we are claiming our sovereign right to remake the world.”
What do you think, Care2 readers? Can we address food security and social equality in ways that preserve human dignity? Can we agree that adequate food is a right for all, not something to be given as charity? Can we stitch up our tattered safety nets so we can close food banks and feeding programs without sacrificing the well being of those who currently rely on them?
Thirty years ago food banks were a stopgap, emergency measure. Instead of perpetuating them, shouldn’t we be making them unnecessary?
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