According to a UN 2005 study there are at least 100 million homeless in the world. I imagine there are more now, not less. A study by Habitat in 2015 found 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing. In the Philippines 22.8 million people are homeless out of a population of about 105 million. One in ten school children in New York City is homeless. In Los Angeles County, 8% of the population is Black. 40% of its homeless population is Black. The UN figures about 795 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world (1 in 9) suffered from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016. While the vast majority of those were from the developing world, this does not mean the developed world is doing so great. In the US, one in six of us face hunger on a regular basis. I’m just throwing some numbers around. The real story is in the living of homelessness and hunger, the outrage and the robbery that causes it.
It won’t help us to elect women to offices of power, if they turn around and vote for huge military budgets. This recently happened in the vote for the US National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, the largest “defense” bill in history which passed 89-8 in the Senate. Of the 21 women senators voting (16 Democrats, 5 Republicans), only one Democrat woman voted against it. That means 15 Democrat women betrayed, and made insecure, women here and around the world. There are approximately 3.8 billion women in the world; 126 million in the U.S. For whom does our feminism stand?
Mess around with the bones of the earth and there is liable to be trouble. Earthquakes are appearing in new, startling places like Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Netherlands, not known for earthquakes but sites for fracking. It’s madness. Check out Like Thunder in the Ground, (Tom Dart, The Guardian, 1/5/18) to find about fracking and earthquakes in north Texas and what an environmental group, Liveable Arlington, is doing in response.
We will be hearing the word “balance” a great deal with the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary series on VietNam coming up this fall. Question the notion. When a mega power invades a small country and then tells the story, there is no balance. The telling of the dominating perspective is another war (this time for our minds) even when coated with misdirects, niceties and seductions. If you want to arm yourself before listening to the Burns-Novick work read John Marciano’s The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration or go to the Vets for Peace Full Disclosure site.
Here’s another poster protesting the U.S. military’s role in polluting the earth. The Department of “Defense” produces more hazardous waste than the five largest U.S. oil companies combined! At the same time, the Pentagon is exempt from all international climate agreements!!! How can this be? For another article on this issue, check out Project Censored’s US Department of Defense is the Worst Polluter on the Planet.