A bitch thanks all the chil’ren for forwarding information and some really great comments!
A bitch would like to thank Brother Rob for being so fucking cool. My ass was very emotional while we volunteered Sunday…thank you for understanding and not saying anything too nice, which would have made a bitch cry and turn…well…bitchy. Thank you to everyone who made it out…you go on with your bad self Clip Girl…and thanks to everyone who donated items as well. A bitch was inspired and the sight of so many giving so much soothed my aching soul.
To a certain Che, a bitch will take your Red Cross concerns to heart. However, a bitch encourages chil’ren with concerns about a charity to find another. Habitat for Humanity, an organization a bitch has personally seen in action and will defend viciously, is also stepping up. No need to break open a vein if you’d rather build a house.
2 cups coffee followed by Splenda and a dash of 1% organic milk, 1 Claritin, 2 government regulated fake assed Sudafed sans fed and cigs…
ABB's Call to Arms...
Poverty is the problem.
Loyal readers will know that this bitch is familiar with poverty. My ass volunteers in some of the poorest neighborhoods in St. Louis. My father, bless his soul, grew up in abject poverty…so poor that he never talked about it. At my poorest my ass has not known poverty. Poverty is a physical thing that invades the soul and spreads its toxicity into communities, cities and eventually every fucking orifice of the nation.
Many would like to explore poverty only through its past. This bitch thinks that is a mistake. Poverty must be understood for its past, present and future. When we explore the role of poverty in our analysis of the Katrina evacuation debacle we inevitably sink into a vat of race. Race is connected to poverty and this bitch does not seek to debate that. However, class and social standing have always been connected to poverty too…white poor, black poor, Native American poor…the poor. Poverty is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives. Does the face of poverty have to look like you for you to act?
Most of America abandoned its poor long ago. After the racial turmoil of the 1960’s, middle class blacks and whites…yes, my ass said BLACKS and whites…fled to the suburbs and abandoned the nation’s cities. Right now, in most American cities, it is possible to live and work and totally avoid being confronted by the harsh reality of poverty. It’s simply a matter of taking the “right” road to work.
A bitch is a mentor to a 12-year old victim of poverty. The quality of her education, living conditions, nutrition and health care are a shame. My ass struggles with the contrast between her life and my own daily. Never having seen a dentist, never having new shoes or shoes that fit, never knowing where the next meal will come from, never having enough books in school, never feeling that home is home…never knowing a moment without want for the essentials.
Never allowing herself to covet the unnecessary.
Never being prepared for a disaster. Knowing that disaster is relative...a sick parent...an unanticipated expense.
While conservatives pontificated about the quality of life in Iraq, our own dirty little secret festered in both rural and urban communities.
The shit that we fail to clean up today will still reek to high heaven tomorrow. The poor have no transportation, no set income, no resources and no family to flee to in the face of a disaster. Fixing the “poverty problem” is essential to our nation’s security. One hour of Katrina footage should demonstrate that.
For the love of all that is holy, please don’t let this be another Titanic…another confrontation with our callous class system that we will soon ignore in the face of the monumental challenge of fixing it.
In the aftermath of Katrina the poor confronted us with our neglect and indifference. Think about that…imagine it in your city.
How many men, women and children live below the poverty level in your hometown?
How many would be left to face the flood unprotected?
This isn't about money...its about giving of your time, mental energy and speaking truth to power about where our tax dollars really need to go.
Are you ready to fight a war on poverty?
For information on mentoring contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
For information on how you can help build decent housing and decent communities contact Habitat for Humanity.
Get to know the invisible poor and find out how you can go to battle against poverty in your community. That is a wonderful way to build a positive legacy out of this tragedy.
My tears are now dry…
The storm has ended…
But the wicked are at work…
...and this bitch is preparing for battle…