Backs a Third Reconstruction to end poverty

Published: 5/31/2021 4:00:14 PM Jacquelyn Voghel’s May 23 article “Westhampton food pantry filling a need in pandemic,” reminded me...



Published: 5/31/2021 4:00:14 PM

Jacquelyn Voghel’s May 23 article “Westhampton food pantry filling a need in pandemic,” reminded me once again how good people are. I need to be reminded of that.

When people are hurting, we want to help. It calls to mind all the other services throughout the Valley and the country that support people who have fallen on hard times or haven’t had a fair chance. It makes me proud to be a human being.

Then, my heart breaks. I can’t help but remember, despite the heroic and loving work of good-hearted people like those who run the Westhampton pantry, what a lousy job we as a nation are doing. Over 52% of children in this country are in households that are either impoverished or just one $400 emergency from falling into poverty.

For so much of history we were a species that didn’t have the resources to feed everyone. Now, it would be so easy to lift everyone out of poverty, but we don’t have the moral will to do it. So, I’m thankful for Westhampton’s pantry.

And, I’m thankful to The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which has successfully pressured leaders in Congress to introduce a resolution demanding a Third Reconstruction to end poverty in this country by lifting from the bottom.

While the pantry is providing food, the Massachusetts PPC will hold a press conference at the office of U.S. Rep. Richie Neal, 300 State St., Springfield, at 12 p.m. on June 7 to demand that he — and all our representatives — co-sponsor this essential resolution.

Joshua Hornick

Amherst



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