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am i not human? the faces of poverty  

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The faces of poverty are not limited by race, creed, gender, or color. The faces of poverty are not limited to geographical areas around the globe. The faces of poverty are not democrat, republican, independent, socialist, or communist. The faces of poverty are real...The faces of poverty ARE HUMAN.

Where are our priorities? Billions of dollars to bail out the greed of corporate America. Billions of dollars a month in an attempt to secure oil now sold to China. Millions of dollars a week spent to elect a president. How many of the world's homeless, the world's hungry, the world's sick could have been sheltered, fed, or healed with even one-tenth of the billions of dollars spent in just the last month? Yet, the world's homeless, hungry, and sick remain homeless, hungry, and sick. They care not that the stock market crashed or about the cost of Sarah Palin's makeover wardrobe. They care not about what happens on November 4, 2008. They ask: "Am I not human?" and they are answered "Out of sight...out of mind".

If the past several weeks should have taught us all, that the faces of poverty are real. The faces of poverty ARE HUMAN and our faces could very well be among them - Out of Sight and Out of Mind?
Sojourners, through the teachings of our Lord, we are told to "be our brother's keeper" and to "feed his sheep". In obeying these teachings, we must remember to do so following the greatest commandment of all:

And one of the scribes came,...asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. The Gospel of Mark the 12th Chapter beginning with the 28th verse.

Sojourner's Place joins with other bloggers on the 27th day of each month in denunciation of human rights violations across the world, and particularly Darfur. As part of the Am I Not Human? campaign, information and tools are provided throughout the blogosphere to bring to the forefront the atrocities that continue to occur in our world.This Campaign continues until such time that measurable, sustained, and progression changes occur. Please go to Roots of Humanity, this Campaign's Virtual Headquarters for more information or you may email organizers at: Virtual Campaign headquarters can be found at:

Obliged to you for hearing me,
and now old SjP ain't got nothin' more to say...

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8 sojourners hollin' back

Great post. We put so much emphasis on the wrong things.

Thanks for your consistency in remaining committed to the Am I Not Human? campaign.

October 27, 2008 at 10:47 AM

While I already have a badge up about Obama in my sidebar, Sojourner, can I steal/borrow the "That One" badge for my sidebar also? We will win the election, S., I'm sure of it! :)

October 27, 2008 at 1:49 PM

@ Hagar's Daughter, Much obliged for coming by. Yes, I do believe our priorities are all out of whack!

@ Teach, OF COURSE! I'd be honored. And YES WE WILL!!

October 27, 2008 at 2:00 PM

I read recently that the corn needed to make enough fuel to fill one SUV tank would feed a hungry person for a year. And there are more cars in the U.S. than there are drivers. As this nation continues its downhill slide, however, I think increasing numbers of people are going to develop a whole new appreciation for what it means to be poverty-stricken and powerless. Too bad that's what it'll take to get the point across. Good post reminding us that poverty is a human rights violation when there's something we could do about it and we don't. I'm adding you to my blog roll.

October 27, 2008 at 5:50 PM

Just Two.
It's a practice that I've also been working on. The Ten Commandments often seem confusing and burdensome. The two that you've stated would be enough to make a real and lasting change in our world.

October 27, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Thank you for a wonderful post, and putting first things first. Thanks also for visiting my blog and posting a comment - always a welcome sight!
We've got to keep together, keep our sights on what's important, and this campaign is a great start.
Btw, will link your blog to mine if you don't mind.

October 27, 2008 at 6:42 PM


I appreciate this post to the max!

People have become trained and conditioned to believe that poverty has a strong hold on just one faction of our society. But that is so far from the truth!

The sad thing is the fact that we waste a lot, spend foolishly and support nonsense daily.

Great post.
Please stop on by and check out my post on Children's Rights!

October 28, 2008 at 1:22 AM

@ ChangeSeeker, yes this is true as many of us are living "just over broke".

@ UglyBlackJohn, Yes, I think that if we are able to keep these two commandments then the other 10 are covered.

@ Omyma, it was certainly my pleasure to visit your spot for the Am I Not Human? Campaign. All too often we like of "man's inhumanity to man" only happens is a far off land never really acknowledging that it happens right here in our own back yard.

Consider yourself linked!

@ Ms Lady Deborah, "The sad thing is the fact that we waste a lot, spend foolishly and support nonsense daily." YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!

October 28, 2008 at 10:54 PM
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