“One day we must ask the question, ‘Why are there forty million poor people in America?’ And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I’m simply saying that more and more, we’ve got to begin to ask questions about the whole society. We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life’s market place. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that questions must be raised. You see, my friends, when you deal with this, you begin to ask the question, ‘Who owns the oil?’ You begin to ask the question, ‘Who owns the iron ore?’ You begin to ask the question, ‘Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two thirds water?’ These are questions that must be asked.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The reality is not that I lack respect for the law; it’s that I have greater respect for justice. Where there is a conflict between the law and the higher moral code that we all share, my loyalty is to that higher moral code."
Tim DeChristopher, July 26, 2011
Tag Archives: Greed
This year, over the objections of many North Carolinians and our governor, the Republican led state legislature approved hydraulic fracturing natural gas drilling in our state. Many of these Republican lawmakers are running for re-election in their newly gerrymandered districts, often unopposed. I will not be casting a vote for any unopposed candidate this year, and I hope you will do the same. Our state needs jobs as desperately as any state, but we need clean drinking water even more. … Continue reading
This November You Have An Opportunity: Stand For Something Beautiful or to Maintain Your Complicity in a Culture of Death
Israel “IZ” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole (Hawaiian pronunciation: [kaˌmakaˌʋiwoˈʔole]; May 20, 1959 — June 26, 1997) was a Hawaiian musician. He became famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World”. Kamakawiwoʻole was born at Kuakini Hospital in Honolulu to Henry Kaleialoha Naniwa Kamakawiwoʻole, Jr., and Evangeline Leinani Kamakawiwoʻole. Throughout his life, Kamakawiwoʻole was obese and at one point weighed 757 pounds standing 6-foot-2-inch tall. He endured several … Continue reading