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October 15, Blog Action Day: Fight Poverty With Words

October 15, 2008

To be honest, I’ve never known poverty.
I’ve never gone hungry a day in my life.
That’s an understatement.
My life has been filled with abundance.
But, I do care about those less fortunate.
What can I do?

Social inequities are everyone’s concern.
In a civilized society everyone has the right to
the basic necessities of life.
But, not everyone goes to bed in a warm bed or with a full belly.
People die every day from hunger and lack of clean water.
And, where there’s no justice, there’s no peace.
What can I do?

Donate food to a soup kitchen
Give up a few cupcakes and donate the money
Volunteer your time in a local homeless shelter
Hold business socially accountable in labor practices and wages
Raise awareness by learning about the world impact of poverty

Those words may seem frivolous or even gratuitous on a
cupcake blog while extolling the virtues of a luxury
item that sells for $3.00 a pop.
To the impoverished, the cost of a gourmet cupcake could save a
life by providing vital medicine or formula for their malnourished babies.

Sometimes, all a person has are words.
Words can inspire. Words can be a wake up call to action.
Words can be weapons in the fight against oppression.

Words can also feed the hungry. is one way you can help feed the poor with words.

“The rice you donate makes a huge difference to the person who receives it. According to the United Nations, about 25,000 people die each day from hunger or hunger-related causes, most of them children. Though 20 grains of rice may seem like a small amount, it is important to remember that while you are playing, so are thousands of other people at the same time. It is everyone together that makes the difference. Thanks to you, FreeRice has generated enough rice to feed more than two million people since it started in October 2007.”

In this election year, your vote counts.

Find out where your candidate stands on the issues

of social justice, international aid and the fight against poverty.

Write to the policy makers of your country and use your words

to help seek an end to hunger and poverty related diseases.

Words can make a difference.

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