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Kit
- 659 days ago - truth-out.org
They resist not because they will succeed in reversing the corporate onslaught against them, or even save themselves or their communities from poverty, but because it is right.



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Kit B. (277)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 12:17 pm

I park my car in the lot in front of the rectory of Sacred Heart in Camden, N.J., and walk through a gray drizzle to Emerald Street. My friend Lolly Davis, whose blood pressure recently shot up and whose kidneys shut down, had been taken to a hospital in an ambulance but was now home. I climb the concrete steps to her row house and ring the bell. There is an overpowering stench of garbage in the street. Her house is set amid other brick and wooden residences, some of which have been refurbished under Monsignor Michael Doyle's Heart of Camden project at Sacred Heart, a Roman Catholic parish. Other structures on Davis' street sit derelict or bear the scars of decay and long abandonment.

Lolly's grandson, nicknamed Boom Boom or Boomer, answers the door. He tells me his grandmother is upstairs. I enter and sit on a beige chair in the living room near closed white blinds that cover the window looking out on Emerald Street. The living room has a large flat screen television and two beige couches with brown and burnt-red floral patterns that match the chair. There is a stone fireplace with a mantel crowded with family photos. Her grandson, one of numerous children from the neighborhood whom she adopted and raised, yells upstairs to let Lolly know I have arrived.

Lolly, 69, appears at the top of the stairs. Clutching the railing, she makes her way gingerly down the steep wooden steps. Boomer, who is 21 and recently completed a special education program at a high school, goes back to the kitchen, where he was making himself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Lolly's two Chihuahuas, Big Pepsi Cola and Little Pepsi Cola, father and son who get into frequent growling matches, scamper around the room.

I have interviewed Lolly several times over the past two years for the new book,"Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt," that I wrote with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. In the book, Joe, who also spent time with her, illustrates the story of Lolly's life. Lolly radiates the indomitable and magnificent strength of the women and men who rise up in the pockets of poverty and despair we reported from, whether in Camden, Pine Ridge, S.D., the coal fields of southern West Virginia or the produce fields in Florida. They resist not because they will succeed in reversing the corporate onslaught against them, or even save themselves or their communities from poverty, but because it is right. They wake each day to defy, often in small, unseen acts of revolt, the intractable poverty, the despair and violence, by nurturing life. They often can do little to protect the lives, especially the lives of children, that are daily crushed and destroyed. But they refuse to bow before the forces of oppression or neglect. And in that defiance they achieve grandeur.

"The poor have to help the poor," Lolly says, "because the ones who make the money are helping the people with money."Camden's plight is worse than that of Youngstown, Ohio, or Detroit, worse than that of east New York or Watts. It is a dead city. It makes and produces nothing. It is the poorest city in the United States and is usually ranked year after year as one of the most, and often the most, dangerous. Camden is one of our many internal colonies in North America beset with the familiar corruption and brutal police repression that characterize the despotic regimes I covered as a reporter in Africa and Latin America. The per capita income in the city is $11,967, and nearly 40 percent of the residents live below the poverty line.
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By Chris Hedges, Truthdig | Op-Ed | Truthout|

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Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 1:15 pm
I love the quote ""The poor have to help the poor," Lolly says, "because the ones who make the money are helping the people with money.". John Steinbeck said the same thing " if you want help go to the poor,not the rich. The rich won't help you.'I think the reason for this is lack of empathy. If you have always been comfortable,you cannot even get to the place a hungry or homeless person is in. Your brain just cannot conceive of it, thus you can't feel or perceive it, thus in your mind such a condition cannot exist. So now is the time for the little man to help the little man, the rich have no intention of helping him. If you have little , help someone who has even less. Feed someone on the street, wait no that's illegal. Although sarcastic this statement is utterly true. Stand up and sign petitions. Sign them to decriminalize feeding the homeless. Sign them to keep people in foreclosed houses. Sign any petition that helps the helpless or people in crisis in any way. This is the way we can evolve beyond a non caring oligarchic society that has nothing but contempt for it's people in crisis.
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 2:24 pm

Volunteer some time at a Food Bank or a shelter, Salvation Army and Good Will need helpers, call those FAT CATS in DC and demand they stop ignoring a country in need and DO something. Again, remember this country of plenty has no less then 1.6 million children that are alone and homeless, 42% are under the age of 6 years old. Don't wait for the government to do something, begin your own actions.
 

Craig Pittman (44)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 9:07 am
We volunteer for the rural food back here. There is no funding from the government for this. We need to change the way the Government spends OUR money.
Thanks for this excellent article Kit.
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 12:03 pm

I know Craig, and the little food we have here is almost all from those who give volunteer time. In Texas the family must be 189% below the poverty level to receive food, though it does not come from the state nor Feds.
 

Christeen Anderson (419)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 1:36 pm
We must help our fellow human beings survive.
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 2:17 pm
thanks for sharing
 

Ms Carol Brown (48)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 3:20 pm
Thanks
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 5:14 pm
Thanks.
 

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