Agitate, Educate, and Organize ~OO~
When I hear people talk about the homeless, the first thing usually said is they should “get a job.”
But people living on the street street do not have clean clothes to go get a job. They do not have transportation, showers, bathrooms, bedrooms or all the other things most of us take for granted. The problems we have with homelessness are serious, growing and dangerous. But these problems are neither intractable nor impossible to solve.
Instead of wasting money on studies, we could build tiny homes, like they are doing in Seattle, Washington. Ore we could provide health care, food and compassion. Instead of “sweeping” the homeless, we might consider these unfortunate victims are not dirt or trash to be swept away. These are victims of an economic crisis created by greed.
One solution is full-employment. If we shut down 27 wars of choice, quit sending drones to kill fifty innocents per strike and prohibited our presidents from murdering people without trial or due process… these would be great steps forward. And all ships would rise. We need to put people over profits and take the war-profiteers off the table.
These proactive steps could liberate trillions of dollars currently wasted on attacking smaller and less powerful countries to make money for corporate elites while creating new enemies and making the rest of us less secure.
We could use these funds to rebuild bridges, fix our schools and restore deteriorating infrastructure. These activities create jobs with justice here at home, instead of exporting violence, vitriol and war abroad. We need employment agencies not unemployment offices. We need to rebuild this nation instead of destroying other nations and people for the corporate bottom line.
And for the most vulnerable among us, we need hospitals and clinics to administer universal, single-payer, non-profit health care for those who cannot help themselves and for every woman, child and man in America.
We can solve our problems. We can create full employment, feed the hungry, eliminate homelessness, restore infrastructure, deliver health care and create opportunities for everyone by shutting down the war machine and turning the ship of state. We can export knowledge, technology and peace instead of terror, munitions and war.
We can begin today. We must think about the consequences…
We have choices to make. Intelligent choices.
Jobs as a Right:
Create living-wage jobs for every American who needs work, replacing unemployment offices with employment offices. Advance workers rights to form unions, achieve workplace democracy, and allow everyday working people keep a fair share of the wealth they create.
Guarantee economic human rights, including access to food, water, housing, and utilities, with effective anti-poverty programs to ensure every American a life of dignity.
Health Care as a Right:
Establish an improved “Medicare For All” single-payer public health insurance program to provide everyone with quality health care, at huge savings.
Education as a Right:
Abolish student debt to free a generation of Americans from debt servitude. Guarantee tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university. End high stakes testing and public school privatization.