Every day women around the world spend 200 million hours collecting water for their families. While they walk, private ownership of water, excessive use of water for vast mono-cultural agribusinesses, deforestation/desertification practices, and climate change go unchecked, creating and worsening this situation. Their paths are not romantic, safe or easy. They can walk for hours then trip, fall and lose their days work. Their backs, internal organs break down from the incessant, cumbersome weights they carry, sometimes three times/day at all hours. Surely, this is something that must be attended to.
Every war is fought long after the last physical battle. It is the sustained battle for a dominating, ruling story about that war. Why did we go to war? How did we fight? Who were the righteous and glorious? The evil and devious? Who were the victors? What were the costs? War after war, a repeating pattern. In this United States, it is a lethal pattern propelling us into acceptance of the next war — and the next. The ghosts of war ask us to be skeptical.
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.
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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.