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A Journalist Signs Off to Go Fight Poverty | The Poverty Line, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.Com


Society & Culture  (tags: activists, poverty, poverty and despair, solutions, poverty in america )

Bridget
- 369 days ago - billmoyers.com
A journalist who was one of the strongest advocates for the poor, has decided to join the activists on the gound. He talks of this transition and ways that each of us could help.



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Anne F. (17)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 12:33 am
Hope he finds success in joining the activists, thinkers and advocates fighting for good policy and stronger communities
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:41 am
Thanks Bridget.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:47 am
How beautiful. People like this are an inspiration to all of us.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (280)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:50 am
How wonderful Bridget thank you for posting this
 

Constance F. (431)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:52 am
Thank you Bridget . huh ? maybe it's my browser, but had trouble getting to the article. I kept receiving this message. ( I'll try back later )
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kate k (478)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 3:53 am
Great article thank you Bridget :-)
 

Ellen J. (81)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 3:55 am
Noted & pinned. Thanks, Bridget.
 

A F. (132)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 3:58 am
Thank you, noted! :)
 

Krish Away (43)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 4:18 am
Thx Bridget
 

John Holton (361)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 4:23 am
S a N
 

AniMae Chi (432)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 4:34 am
Thank you Bridget.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 6:02 am
Noted with sadness. I could never live with myself to be one of the 1% or even one of the 10% who are so rich. Just looking at how the destitute and deserving are being forced to struggle to live and all the animals suffering as well would MAKE me spend my millions on trying to help them. I just do not understand that kind of greed and selfishness! But thank God there are some who are trying to correct this!
 

Nicole W. (644)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 6:07 am
ty Bridget
 

Lona Goudswaard (79)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 6:14 am
Thanks Bridget for posting.
 

chantal v. (333)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 6:32 am
Thank you for posting dearest Bridget!
 

Barbara K. (75)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 6:38 am
This is wonderful, thanks for posting it, my friend. Those who have much need to help those who have little, it is just the right thing to do. I never asked to be wealthy, just for enough to make ends meet. Many cannot even do that and with the nasty in this congress, they are putting more people out on the streets than necessary.
 

cynthia B. (267)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 6:56 am
Beautiful He is walking the walk
thx Bridget
 

Natasha Salgado (576)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 7:00 am
Wonderful guy! An important reminder that good people/organizations are doing wonderful work in the fight against poverty. A selfless journey to be sure. Thanks Bridget
 

Allen O. (197)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 7:24 am
Thanks for sharng
 

Terrie Williams (773)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 10:16 am
Good on Greg Kaufmann! I hope he can make a difference. Maybe he can get the needs and the SOLUTIONS they themselves offer into the mainstream and then maybe, just maybe, we can turn the tide of increasingly staggering amount of poverty.....it just kills me that in THIS country, supposedly the 'greatest and richest' country in the WORLD, that we refuse, REFUSE, to obliterate poverty, hunger and homelessness/joblessness. I just do not get all this OBSCENE GREED AND SELFISHNESS who could do a lot to end all this mess.
 

Chris C. (151)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 10:43 am
"A Journalist Signs Off to Go Fight Poverty". Greg Kaufmann is amazing. Whatever happened to this country? How can we let poverty become so pervasive. Those who have so much money seem to just want more, rather than sharing with those who have so little.
 

Winn Adams (203)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 11:44 am
Great Article - Thanks Bridget
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 12:18 pm
Good for him!
Yes, those who have so much, at least so many of them, seem to have a ravenous, driving need to gather more!
I think it has to do with some inner anxiety, fear, that tells them they must cushion themselves against the entire rest of creation, in order to be safe, able to sleep well...not recognizing that helping others to survive, thrive even, might be the best tack, as we are all in this together.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (113)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 12:19 pm
noted, thanks
 

Ben L. (23)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 2:45 pm
Thanks for the info, as always interesting. :-)
 

Nimue Pendragon (275)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 3:51 pm
Noted, thanks Bridget.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (394)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 11:47 pm
Good person fighting for a good cause. Thanks Bridget.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 2:34 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Carmen S. (616)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 5:52 am
Thanks for sharing this, Bridget, hope it works out for him.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 7:39 am
Noted
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 1:00 pm
Poverty is a human rights issue and an injustice to the people. This article had some great links with it and I do appreciate a person who is walking the talk. We need for all of us to be pushing our leadership to focus on poverty, it is not a absolute, it is human caused.

In a Country such as the USA it is absolutely shameful that such dire poverty exists within it. That a Nation that so many keep referring to as a Christian Nation, should realize it has fallen far from the mark.

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
Nelson Mandela
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 1:18 pm
I agree with Dandelion G.
 

Paws for the News (589)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 4:10 pm
Thanks for posting Bridget ... good to see happy news :) and Goodwill :)
Paws for the News
www.pawsforthenews.tv
 

Dimitris Dallis (2)
Monday December 16, 2013, 1:23 am
Thank you for contributing to the Care2 community!
the truth is that I copy it :) - but is "valid" in your case... :)
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Monday December 16, 2013, 1:54 am
I am really very impressed with Greg Kaufman and his commitment to fighting against poverty! His decision to I am really very impressed with Greg Kaufman and his commitment to take an active role in fighting against poverty! His decisions to become involved in anti-poverty activism as a more than a part-time activity, and to leave his regular, successful work in journalism to be able to do so are truly admirable!

And he explains his reasons for making these choices very well, indeed. Then, he takes advantage of his announcement of ‘adieu’ to the Moyers’ team & audience to try to persuade & inspire the readers of his piece to become active members in the fight against poverty, as well. This man IS inspiring!

You have found a gem, here, Bridget! In fact, 2 gems: a gem of an article & a gem of a man. Thank you! This is one of the most satisfying articles I’ve read in a long time. For once, we are not reading about the suffering of others that makes us suffer along with them & feel helpless, but discovering that the pain can be replaced with light & hope. The article & Mr. Kaufman provide a much needed injection of hope into our dismal, despair- filled surroundings.

It is absolutely astonishing to me that, at a time when poverty in the US has grown so dramatically & now concerns an enormous majority of Americans, the media, along with politicians (both at local & national levels), & our elected officials at every level, can continue to marginalize poverty & the poor, as though it concerned only a small minority of an otherwise prosperous & financially successful population. They are both marginalizing the poor, despite the fact that poor people are now the majority, and they are maintaining the notion that poverty itself is a marginal condition that concerns only a small minority.

These media-visible people are all involved in perpetuating a lie, a very big & very harmful lie, by intentionally (?) ignoring the extent of the problem. Willfully ignoring the sheer numbers of people struggling to survive in our country means that they consider themselves to be addressing --when the ones give the news & make decisions about what news to cover & how; when the others vote on bills, or decide which bills to write up & push for in local assemblies or in Congress -- what has, in fact, become a small minority of prosperous people. They are addressing themselves to the minority! The majority simply does not count!

This is very strange because I always thought that democracy, the democracy that we supposedly cherish so much, meant majority rule. But all the public actors I just mentioned above are purposely wearing blinders when they 'pretend' that only a small minority of Americans live in poverty, and carry on with their business as usual while spreading the illusion --which they themselves have perhaps deluded themselves into believing-- that the US & Americans are prosperous.

Likewise for the publicists & advertising agencies: take a look at advertising & you get the definite impression that a prosperous population is being addressed; they're the ones who have been chosen as the 'target' of all the advertisements we see, hear & watch. To feel a part of society, to feel like we 'belong,' we have been taught to identify with advertising & the implicit messages it sends us: 'buying things is good'; 'buying things adds to your personal worth'; 'buying things brings prestige'; 'buying certain brands brings prestige'; 'prestige is necessary to feel good'; 'prestige is necessary to your well-being'; etc etc.

The poor --or shall we say 'financially challenged'?-- necessarily buy into this collective brainwashing, too: how can they help it? It's heartbreaking to see youngsters from poor areas with catastrophic rates of unemployment & shabby, depressing, substandard housing (in the Paris suburbs, for example), ready to do just about ANYTHING for a pair of Nikes that cost upwards of €100 ($130)!

If you take a look, for example, at the articles in the NY Times real estate section (which I rarely do), you notice immediately that the houses described & the people highlighted (because they've bought, remodelled &/or redecorated homes) are all homes & people respectively from the higher price range & the higher income brackets. So when I look at these articles, I know instinctively that I'm not part of this 'crowd' and that the NY Times is not talking to ME in their articles! The Times is addressing its articles to people who do not live the way I do.

How can one help but feel marginalized when newspapers, TV, & companies (through their advertising) are so obviously sending out their various messages to 'the prosperous,' a group I know I do not belong to. Poor people in the US experience this every day in a hundred different ways, not just the ones I've tried to point out!

A very famous French advertising executive, Jacques Séguéla, who went from successfully pushing products to organizing all the communications operations around François Mitterrand’s first successful presidential campaign (& who's also been identified, by at least one commentator, as the person who brought then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy & Carla Bruni together), came out with a remark in 2009 that 'went viral', commented & criticized, defended & condemned ad nauseum for weeks!: « Si à 50 ans on a pas une Rolex ®, c’est qu’on a raté sa vie » which means, "If by the age of 50, a man doesn't have a Rolex, he's a loser who's failed in life."

Otherwise, I wanted to reprint here a quote from Nelson Mandela which I have come to know in the days following his passing away. It is extremely pertinent, as Mandela addresses the issue of poverty & our perceptions of the phenomenon or condition. I remain struck & touched by the accuracy of his view. Trying to find this quote to place here in my comment I have just found out that the words I'm referring to are part of a speech Mandela made in 2005, in front of >22,000 people in Trafalgar Square, at the invitation of 'The Campaign to Make Poverty History,' which describes his words on their website as "a rallying cry to make poverty history."

Excerpts from Madiba's speech - 'Prison of poverty' :

"...as long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest."
"Massive poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible scourges of our times - times in which the world boasts breathtaking advances in science, technology, industry and wealth accumulation - that they have to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as social evils.

The Global Campaign for Action Against Poverty can take its place as a public movement alongside the movement to abolish slavery and the international solidarity against apartheid.

Through your will and passion, you assisted in consigning that evil system forever to history. But in this new century, millions of people in the world's poorest countries* remain imprisoned, enslaved, and in chains.
They are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free.

Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.

And OVERCOMING POVERTY is NOT A GESTURE of CHARITY. It is AN ACT of JUSTICE. It is the protection of a FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT, the RIGHT to DIGNITY and A DECENT LIFE.
WHILE POVERTY EXISTS, THERE IS NO TRUE FREEDOM."


*This is, of course, NOT limited to "millions of people" ONLY “in the world's poorest countries,” as Mandela said in 2005, although ‘poor’ in the US or Europe will not have the quite same quality or flavor as ‘poor’ in Africa & Asia.

 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 9:00 am
Bad news from Europe, but it's not exactly 'breaking': The Guardian, Oct 10th, 2013, "Austerity pushing Europe into social and economic decline, says Red Cross" - "Critique of response to EU debt crisis highlights unemployment, widening poverty gap, and growing risk of social unrest"
 

Bridget Robertson (106)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 9:26 am
I just do not see that there has been any real value to austerity measures for anyone. Anywhere! I think the article you mention Lucy is one of several that has made that point. It has managed to push more people into poverty. And allowed the 1% to become wealthier. It is time to abandon these policies.
 

. (0)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 1:43 pm

What a wonderful Human Being! It is a shame that, “This Week in Poverty” will no longer be available, but I understand, and appreciate his enthusiasm for Justice for the poverty stricken. It is very honorable indeed.

Thank you Bridget for the article!

Ponder/Meditate/Pray for Peace.

Mary Oliveau { hugs }
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 4:23 pm
LucyTraviata left a hotlink concerning Austerity pushing Europe into social and economic decline. It seems to be a same playbook, everything the article was stating is what is happening here in this Country. We don't have the Golden Dawn, I think that was the name of the rising group, but we have similar happening over here. I feel we are getting closer and closer to people just loosing it because the ones' who could fix the mess are not doing so. In fact their so called fixes are making things worse.
 

Neill Abayon (718)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 1:23 pm
Thanks for sharing. Noted.
 

Yvonne F. (176)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 10:48 am
Great article!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Bridget
 
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