The attached September Voice of the Poor newsletter is a call to action, a call to take seriously our responsibility to speak-up and be the “voice of the poor”. With millions of people suffering hunger and injustice, everyone in the SVdP Society needs to be the “voice of the poor”.
If we do not speak-up, the consequence is that we will allow evil and injustice to spread, when, instead, we had the opportunity to prevent or stop them. Yet, obtaining SNAP benefits, or medical benefits, or just wages, or a legal status for undocumented migrants, is a mean, not an end. Our ultimate goal is to move people out of poverty and give them the opportunity to reach their full potential. But for this to happen, there are minimum conditions that have to be established. Our advocacy helps ensuring them.
With basic human rights re-instated and a newly acquired dignity, then, we will witness people in poverty becoming an asset to themselves and their communities, giving back to society far more than the help that they originally received.
For advocacy to be effective, we need to collaborate with others. In the last article of the newsletter, we offer a strong example of collaboration across religious denominational boundaries and political party lines, on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Sometimes, when we do this, we take some risk, but what is the alternative? We cannot do it alone!
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Voice of the Poor - Western Region Representative