When did awareness become change? Bracelets are not change. Slogans are not change. Sharing a video is not change. Campaigns are not change. All of these things are great marketing for mobilization... and big business.
Both gourmet food trucks and allegedly messy carts are constitutive elements of the NYC foodscape. Any attempt at deciding what category of vendor is better somehow goes against the very spirit of the city.
International Women's Day is a day to recognize all women around the globe who do so much for so little. It's a day for women from all countries to come together and recognize our similarities and differences.
We must make ethical buying choices because it is the right thing to do. But we can't end there. We must raise our voices and tell the corporations that we will not eat or wear the products of exploitation.
It will only happen if we all get involved. If we use our intelligence, our money and our influence to make a difference. It will only happen If we are willing to make some sacrifices in the name of compassion.
I believe this is an Amber Alert time for millions of our nation's poor children and that everyone needs to be on the lookout for the children, to ensure the children's health, safety and education, and to see that justice is done.
Just days ago, Somali General Samantar appeared in a federal court and did something that no high-ranking person from the former military dictatorship of Siad Barre has ever done -- he accepted liability for human rights abuses.
I believe that all human beings have intrinsic value: Regardless of their ethnicity, religion, etc. For those of us who have faith we were all created by the same Creator and therefore should respect ALL of his creations.
To make poverty and peace tangible issues requires taking multiple steps in ways that are conscious to the spirit of humanity. The good news is that like anything else, you start by putting one foot in front of the other.
We are building a movement to reclaim our communities for all members: not just those who set the rents. We must make clear the myriad of ways in which our community members are treated as though they are less than human.