Group Reading

“There is no Them. There are only facets of Us.” ~ John Green

One: My neighbor and I have the same origins;
All: We share a common destiny;
One: We are the obverse and reverse sides of one entity; We are unchanging equals; All: We are the faces which see themselves in each other;
One: My neighbor’s sorrow is my sorrow;
All: Your joy is my joy;
One: We are mutually fulfilled when we stand by each other in moments of need.
All: Your survival is a precondition of my survival. Zulu Personal Declaration

Quotes & Readings

“Council house tenants are scroungers. Fat people and smokers – disproportionately numbered among the poor – should be denied access to the NHS. Foodbanks are for the greedy. Disabled people are workshy; single mothers too. Health and safety legislation can kill you; deregulation means prosperity for all. And so on, and on, in an amazing distortion of the truth.

It was a deliberate strategy to sell the dismantling of the welfare state, and the right-wing media joyfully sang the song. Poverty, in the words of the government’s media helpmeets, is no longer personal misfortune; it is a stain on the character for which, when taken to its logical end, the benefit claimant or council house dweller can be punished. Such libels cloud at the edges, drift to the centre and are imbued. They are believed, often obliviously; I would say the residents of Grenfell Tower were, at least partially, spun to death.” ~ Tanya Gold, Why we must politicise the tragedy of Grenfell Tower (New Statesman)

Affirmation

“What a weary time those years were — to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability.” ~ Charles Bukowski

Seed of Doubt

“Poverty is the worst form of violence.” . Gandhi
Say together: I welcome doubt and uncertainty as a pathway to new ideas, new questions and great change.

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