Friday, September 28, 2012

US Homeless To Go Hungry As Food Stamps Are Cut | UK Progressive

US Homeless To Go Hungry As Food Stamps Are Cut | UK Progressive talks of hunger arising from the current and future Republican policy to cut food stamps. Who will fill the gap to meet their need?

“Churches and charities can take up the slack,” harrumphed Robert Royal on an episode of Moyers & Company not long ago. Royal runs The Faith and Reason Institute, a right-wing group loosely affiliated with conservative elements in the Catholic Church. 

But Royal, an avowed supporter of the Gekko-Galt Romney-Ryan ticket, was shocked into dumbfounded silence when Sister Simone Campbell, organizer of the Nuns on the Bus” anti-poverty tour, pointed out that Bread for the World did a study and found that every last cathedral, church, synagogue, mosque, temple and meeting hall in America would have to raise an additional $50,000 every year for 10 years to compensate for the GOP plan to eliminate food stamps. 

All he could muster was a half-hearted, sort-of but not really embarrassed, “Of course we need to take care of the needy” but never explained how “we” will do that if food stamps go away.

I know my little neighborhood church has trouble meeting its current expenses. We cannot take on more than some occasional food collection drives -- which fill today's food stamp gaps, not those scheduled for October and into the future. Not fair to the poor. What will be the consequences?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Free Don Siegelman!

Governor Don Siegelman is back in prison. We can write to him words of hope and encouragement, even as we continue to work for his freedom:

Don Siegelman
PO Box 5010
Oakdale, LA 71463

He shouldn't be in prison and President Obama should get him out. I posted this petition link on Faceback Aug. 21 but in case you haven't seen/signed it, please sign. They are up to 28,695 signatures. For more info, including 60 Minutes segment on how he was railroaded go to: THANKS!

And thanks to radio host Peter B. Collins for supplying the address.

Chris Hedges: The Absurdity of American Empire

Chris Hedges, co-author with Joe Sacco of Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt was interviewed by Laura Flanders of GritTV. Wake up, America! We are living in days of inverted corporate totalitarianism: Resist. Right now the sacrifice is high in West Virginia but the corporations' fracking and drilling is poisoning our water, killing our fish, destroying all of US.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Nuns on the Bus: Faith, Family and Fairness

Just caught up on this: An ENTHUSIASTIC Nun on the Bus Sr. Simone Campbell who spoke at the Democratic National Convention was interviewed by Rev Welton Gaddy for State of Belief Radio in July: GREAT interview in spirited audio and transcript forms. LISTEN if you have time: GOOD STUFF!

For those who must have video, Sr. Simone Campbell was interviewed by Rev. Welton Gaddy in a shorter interview AT the Democratic Convention:

And then there was Sr. Simone speaking to the convention:

NOW go back to State of Belief audio interview: even better than the convention speech.

Sunday, September 2, 2012