I was raised with Martin Luther King’s Dream and the belief that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” And with Thomas Jefferson, who said “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” And I tremble for my country!
America has always struggled to reconcile conflicting ideas of opportunity and individualism. Our national schizophrenia around wealth and poverty has once again brought us to a place of economic and moral peril. In a rich nation, rising inequality and changes in the nature of work have left even middle class families struggling – nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency. Almost ten million of our neighbors qualify as “working poor” – a category whose very existence should cause us to wince in shame.
While the solutions may be political, the issues are moral. Join us in finding renewed inspiration in our common humanity and the desire for a more just and equitable nation.
“We can either have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” – Louis Brandeis