Politics and poverty
Here's a link to a NYT blog about poverty and politics entitled "Is Poverty a kind of robbery?" Good question. Read about it here:
Another poverty death - 9/25/12
Another young man died on the street this week. Here's the story:
Death in the city, hope for the city
Michael Lembhard would have turned 23 on August 27th. But he died March 7, 2012 in a hail of bullets. His death has sparked lively and sometimes very angry discussions to say the least.
Here's the story of his death:
In the months after . . .
Michael's death, his family and supporters continued to call for a special prosecutor to investigate what was evenutally deemed to be a legal killing. On more than one occassion, City Council meetings were shut down when protestors refused to quiet themselves. Here's a story about the autopsy and one about a City Council meeting:
On August 12th, family and friends of Michael begin a vigil that would end on what would have been his birthday. Each evening a new poster went up. It told of where one of the bullets hit Michael and called people to account. And, each evening those who were present gathered in a circle, held hands and prayed for peace and justice and healing.
A couple of hours after the last vigil, a protest began. It ended with 20 police on the scene and at least one arrest. Here are stories about the vigil and the "riot" on August 27th:
Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy was close to speechless as she started an August 31 press conference angrily denouncing the violence of the previous Monday and holding the Lembhard family responsible. Here's that story:
We responded to the situation with a call for action against poverty not the impoverished. Here's a "My View" penned by Steve:
What is your response?