I want people to see, first hand, how poverty leads to terrible despair and that, in reality, how it is a death sentence for many. In McDowell County, one of the poorest areas in one of our poorest states, people are now living shorter lives than their parents. Unemployment is sky high, drug addiction is at an epidemic rate and the schools lack adequate funding. It is high time that we, as a nation, heard from the people who are impacted by this crisis and determined the best ways forward.
If anyone in West Virginia government thinks that I will be intimidated from going to McDowell County, West Virginia, to hold a town meeting, they are dead wrong. If they don’t allow us to use the local armory, we’ll find another building. If we can’t find another building, we’ll hold the meeting out in the streets. That town meeting will be held. Poverty in America will be discussed. Solutions will be found.
Oh look, someone is talking about the poors! Good. Needs to happen.
Trump is a mad carnival barker. Not good. This isn’t under any serious discussion for enough of us to matter.
What is under serious discussion is just how we respond to that. So far, I see a ton of fear, blame and shame. While appropriate, it’s definitely not inclusive, nor particularly productive, if we are discussing “those poors.”
Effective opposition looks just like this. More coming to a block near you.