Because I was born progressive. I was blessed and cursed with heightened compassion and empathy.
Because my first memory is 52 years old. The memory is that of my mother crying in front of the TV when Martin Luther King was assassinated two days before my 4th birthday.Because I grew up reading 2 or 3 newspapers a day. And learned how to discern bias. Because I read as much as I could and gained critical thinking skills.Because there are people starving when they are working the only two jobs that they could get even though they are well-qualified to do other things.
Because I believe in a government FOR ALL THE PEOPLE, BY ALL THE PEOPLE, NOT JUST SOME OF THE PEOPLE.
Because there are people still being murdered because of the color of their skin and the religion they practice. And their murderers are getting away with it.
Because women are still dying giving birth and are still being told what they can and cannot do with the bodies that their god gave them. Because women are still being forced to have children they can neither feed or house adequately. And being punished for having to work 100 hours a week without safe, reliable child care.
Because income equality.
Because I am an eyewitness the destruction of the American middle class and the criminalization of the poor. Because I grew up in the middle class, entered the workforce at the beginning of the Reagan era, worked myself to exhaustion more than a few times, and have been unemployed or shamefully unemployed since the first George W. Bush inauguration.
Because people who worked and saved all their lives are having to decide between food and medication.
Because people are dying needless, premature deaths, caused by diseases they can’t afford to treat and their basic human needs are poisoned. Because death profit – all over the world.
Because there will half a million men, women, and children sleeping on the streets, in their cars, in tents, under bridges, and in cardboard “shelters” tonight. Because there are politicians who, instead of creating housing from the abandoned buildings in their cities, choose to criminalize those whose only crime is being poor. Many due to no fault of their own.
Because corporate media refuses to do their jobs and give us the truth about the situation the world is in. Because those who speak truth are being pushed aside. Because the voices of the people who fight for a better world are being drowned out. Or go uncounted and unheard.
Because hurricanes and flooding and wildfires and heatwaves and drought. Because climate refugees, who will undoubtedly be primarily black and brown people will be turned away from many borders.
Because people with a lot of money and an incredible sense of privilege and entitlement have very regressive and dangerous ideas.
Because men and women who were brave enough to go to other countries to fight and watch their brothers and sisters die are living on the streets, waiting months to see a VA doctor, and killing themselves because their service no longer means anything.
Because people are being shot to death at astounding rates.
Because kids are literally being bullied to death. Because kids don’t feel safe anywhere. Because people of color have to teach their children the Bill of Rights hoping it will keep them alive.
Because I see the bigger picture for our children’s future and it is not pretty.
Because children are in danger of having the only meal they will have most days taken away or they are ridiculed and humiliated because they are 40 cents short on lunch money.
Because we may not have the same viewpoints but we do have the exact same basic needs and every last one of them is being threatened.
Because I was fortunate enough to have parents who encouraged me to discover, learn, and think for myself.
Because a child named Freedom should not have to grow up to be a slave.
Because no one has the right to tell others how to live, how to pray, what to learn, and how to love. And there should be no laws dictating how to live, how to pray, what to learn and how to love.
Because Jesus Christ.
Because I stand with each and every person marching for justice, equality, and their lives. Because I have a heart and a soul and they hurt every day. Not for me. For all of us.
Yeah… I’m a progressive. Sorry… Not sorry. My question is:
WHY AREN’T YOU?