Thank you for the honest, courageous editorial, “California’s poor need more than just handouts,” affirming full humanity and shared community with the poor (March 3). Our safety, security, health and hope depend upon how we all connect and relate in spite of whatever circumstances and conditions may separate and confound us.
We are only as strong as the weakest among us, the poor, the very young, the very old. Inclusion of, compassion for, solidarity with one another are not just a whimsy of individual actors. They are the solemn duties of governance and citizenship to provide for “the general welfare.” Not only are we to give fish to the hungry and teach them how to fish. We are to make room at the pond, with fish enough for all.
A model for working creatively, constructively, corporately toward the systemic eradication of poverty now is practiced in 23 states as CirclesUSA.org. Learn about the newly-formed Fresno affiliate at wesleyfresno.org or by calling 559-224-1947. We truly are one body, indivisibly rich and poor together. It takes all of us to imagine and implement new ways of living with peace and justice.