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Season Seven

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IKTV 707 - What Is Poverty?

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Panel: Mary DeCamp, Joe Bernick

See: Tucson Peace Fair, Tucson Peace Fair Schedule, Tucson Peace Center, Salt of the Earth Labor College, 3-to-1 gain by providing for the homeless by giving them homes, Barriers to Growth and Development, Kuznets Curve, Some wonky Show Notes

See Also: Warming Pushes Western U.S. Toward Driest Period in 1,000 Years, Unprecedented 21st century drought risk in the American Southwest and Central Plains, Warming pushes Western U.S. toward driest period in 1,000 years: Unprecedented risk of drought in 21st century, A "megadrought" will grip U.S. in the coming decades, NASA researchers say

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In advance of the 2015 Tucson Peace Fair, whose focus is on curing poverty, Michael and the panel discuss the causes of poverty in the US and internationally, and propose solutions for greater equality.  This show will have a corollary next month, entitled What Is Wealth? so stay tuned!

Running Time: 1:00:00
Air Date: Friday 20 February 2015
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2015 Tucson Peace Fair Schedule

Saturday February 28th 2015, 11 AM to 4 PM

Tucson's 33rd annual Peace Fair & Music Festival is coming to Reid Park Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 11 am to 4 pm.

It's free and open to everyone.

The Tucson Peace Center is an umbrella organization for 150 of Tucson's local peace, social justice, environmental, and labor groups.

Regular Peace Fair participants include the Women's International League of Peace and Justice (WILPF, celebrating their 100th anniversary this year), Move to Amend, Veterans for Peace, the American Civil Liberties Union, AZ4NORML, Jobs With Justice, Nuclear Resister, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Watershed Management Group among many others.

Newly formed organizations like $15 Now, Arizonans for Gun Safety, Tucson United for Climate Action (TUCAN), and Friends of Rosa will also be on hand.

Learn what is happening in our community while you catch up with old friends and make new ones.  There are free activities for the kids like a labyrinth, face-painting, and a whimsy parade.  The Culture of Peace Alliance will offer hands-on activities to entertain young fair-goers.

This year's theme is challenging poverty.  Growing income inequality and stagnating working-class wages place many friends and neighbors in precarious financial positions.  As a community, we seek answers to the structural problems that exacerbate poverty.  We also offer an opportunity to enrich our lives through meaningful engagement and re-envisioning what constitutes true wealth on a planet undergoing massive ecological changes.

A raffle will award lucky winners dozens of prizes donated by local businesses, with names and gifts announced throughout the day.

Musical guests include Baba Marimba, Tucson's Raging Grannies, One Heart Beat, Planet Jam, Charlie King, and other local performers.

A new mobile public address system will be on display; Tucson Peace Center's member groups may now borrow it to amplify their message at rallies, parades, & events.

Don't forget to mark your calendars: Peace Fair, Saturday, February 28th, 11am-4pm, at the Reid Park Bandshell.  See you there!

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“For I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me”
  -- Thomas Jefferson


“"And what does it amount to?" said Satan, with his evil chuckle.  "Nothing at all.  You gain nothing; you always come out where you went in.  For a million years the race has gone on monotonously propagating itself and monotonously reperforming this dull nonsense--to what end?  No wisdom can guess!  Who gets a profit out of it?
"Nobody but a parcel of usurping little monarchs and nobilities who despise you; would feel defiled if you touched them; would shut the door in your face if you proposed to call; whom you slave for, fight for, die for, and are not ashamed of it, but proud; whose existence is a perpetual insult to you and you are afraid to resent it; who are mendicants supported by your alms, yet assume toward you the airs of benefactor toward beggar; who address you in the language of master to slave, and are answered in in the language of slave to master; who are worshiped by you with your mouth, while in your heart -- if you have one -- you despise yourselves for it.
"The first man was hypocrite and a coward, qualities which have not yet failed in his line; it is the foundation upon which all civilizations have been built.  Drink to their perpetuation!  Drink to their augmentation!  Drink to--" Then he saw by our faces how much we were hurt, and he cut his sentence short and stopped chuckling.”

  -- Samuel Langhorne Clemens, from "The Mysterious Stranger"


“I have lived perfectly well within this society; why cannot these oliogarchs and same misanthropes do as such then?  It is not because of any particular behavior for one sociological manner; rather it is solely caused by the lack of means and those resources to the great many which are foisted particularly by those which do not lack the same.  We have all faced the serpect sick and we know what it is, who it is and where it is, moreover, we all know what is better.  The question we need to ask these days is whether we are able to appreciate this and contribute.  Perhaps more pressing is that we must now, please keep track of each others' whereabouts: regardless of the presence of GITMO DELTA-4, we must assume that we all oblige to perform in our best.  While the shame of our collective nod to the perpetuation of subjugation and torture still happens, it needs to stop immediately, so this next becomes the most important.  The place in this world bears no more space for those ideologues of bigotry nor hatred.  The ancient thought that a betterment of one family or race or strain is somehow purity, that is now obviously not only quaint, but incorrect and patently obtuse and averse from reality.  The old lines are no longer to be sanely held.  We shall not now and ought not to ever more be alone.  I do not want to be this, only in, that only I am this; it is necessary this entire world needs to share that this immutable truth must be known, because, we all of everyone, we do collectively hold the highest and so care about our future, even when it is not our own.  If you will pick any one of the 3600 to stop, please pick ALL OF THEM and make EVERYONE THE CAUSE.”
  -- Michael Oatman  --  19 December 2019