Children are suffering, living in poverty and thanks to that wonderful thing called "sequestration," they're having their education opportunities and health care cut while tax rates remain nice and low for the rich. Aren't wealth gaps wonderful? Hey! That's the American way!
As Michael Petit (executive director of Every Child Matters, which launched Strong Kids, Strong Virginia... www.strongkidsstrongvirginia.com) put it, Yes, Virginia, there are children in need:
Nationwide, 16.4 million children, or 23 percent, were in families living in poverty in 2011, an increase from 15.7 million ... This was on top of the finding in 2012 that the number of children living in poverty had increased by nearly 33 percent from 2000 to 2010.
How has Virginia fared? According to data from the Census Bureau, the “deep poverty” rate jumped by more than 20 percent [...]
To put it in human terms, hundreds of thousands of Virginia children go to sleep hungry, don’t get the medical care they need or are inadequately supervised while parents work. For many of these children, poverty is so disruptive that a basic education is often not possible because of frequent moves or because they attend underfunded schools that place them squarely at educational risk. [...]
[H]ow we treat the most vulnerable among us says a lot about who we are as a people, and where we see this great commonwealth and country heading in the future.
Please read his entire column here.
From what I heard from President Obama in Tennessee just now, he and Petit clearly agree. No child should go without an education, or go to bed hungry, or be deprived of food and health care. Ever. Right "pro-lifers"?
Jacob Dean of Filter Free Radio is a longtime pal o' mine from various shows we have in common on the Radio Machine. He's a very young, very cool guy who knows a lot about a lot and speaks his mind.
On Wednesday June 26, 2013 the United International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Jacob volunteered to be strapped down and "force-fed" to lend his body in support of the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention Against Torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.
In the words of Portland's hunger striker S. Brian Willson, "We are not worth more. They are not worth less."
Recorded 4-6pm on June 26, 2013 at Portland City Hall. (This is NOT actually torture, just political street theater.):
Jacob Dean interviews 71 year-old S. Brian Willson, Activist, Author, a Vietnam veteran member of Veterans For Peace, Portland Chapter 72, beginning Sunday, May 12 reduced his food intake by more than 85 percent, fasting on 300 calories a day in solidarity with the 130 uncharged Guantanamo prisoner hunger strikers now in deteriorating health, many of whom are being force-fed. Willson, a trained lawyer and criminologist, anti-war activist and author, lives by the mantra: "We are not worth more; They are not worth less."
He joins 65-year-old grandmother Diane Wilson, a fifth-generation Texas shrimper, anti-war activist and author, who began an open-ended, water-only fast on May 1 outside the White House, and intends to fast until the prisoners are freed.
There are more than 1,200 people around the country participating in a rolling hunger strike to bring attention to the plight of the fasting prisoners at Guantanamo, who have been illegally detained for over ten years with little recourse. May 16 [was] the 100th day of the hunger strike.
The hunger strike/fast demands President Obama take immediate action to close the prison and release the prisoners. Interview recorded 6/22/2013
All my previous posts on this subject matter can be found here; That link includes one specific to only Fayiz al-Kandari’s story here.
Lt. Col. Barry Wingard is a military attorney who represents Fayiz Al-Kandari in the Military Commission process and in no way represents the opinions of his home state. When not on active duty, Colonel Wingard is a public defender in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
More of Fayiz’s story here, at Answers.com.