"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist."
Thanks, Matt for the reminder.
Camara points out a truth with which everyone who really understands poverty and the forces that create it must at some point grapple.
Charity doesn't provide sustainable solutions to systemic, generational poverty.
Rather, charity offers people with power a respectable means of maintaining control of their advantage. Most don't even realize how these forces work.
The demonstration is to take place in the Rotunda of the Capitol building.
The action will involve prayer and scripture reading to protest the current proposal of our Congress regarding the FY2006 federal budget as it relates to low-income Americans.
Please pray for me and for the effort.
If you are interested, it appears in The Princeton Seminary Bulletin (Volume XXVI, Number 2, 2005).
If you can't find it, let me know and I will be happy to send you a copy!