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You, me, us, we and "things that matter"

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We're not asking our partners to choose sides or to make political endorsements. We're calling for a public means to hold candidates and elected officials accountable. We're demanding that the woes and concerns of half the American population be taken just as seriously as those in the middle and upper class. In a time of economic uncertainty, with the certainty of "more military spending" through campaigns sponsored by war-hawks and weapons manufacturers, we're resurrecting the clarion call of a civil rights icon who warned that "our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."  

It's a sad commentary, but we can't count on the presidential candidates to champion the causes of America's poor and neglected. In a world of spin, sound bites, and "gotcha" journalism, they fear a word for the poor will be transformed into an assault on the voters they obviously cherish more--the middle class.   

If we truly want justice in America to roll like water or "righteousness like a mighty stream," we can't count on politicians.   You, me, us, we-justice-seekers must champion the causes of America's voiceless and most vulnerable.  

We must not allow the next few months to pass without demanding that the needs of poor and impoverished people become a high-priority topic.   In short, it is up to the voters to set the pace, make candidates follow our lead and force them to end the silence "about things that (truly) matter."

Sylvester Brown, Jr., is a St. Louis-based journalist, board member with the Peace Economy Project (PEP), and founder of When We Dream Together, a local nonprofit dedicated to urban revitalization.

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Sylvester Brown, Jr. is an award-winning journalist, former publisher of Take Five Magazine and metro columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. After leaving the Post in 2009, he began working as a researcher, consultant and contributor with (more...)

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It seems I forgot to post the URL to the Peace Eco... by Sylvester Brown, Jr. on Friday, Oct 5, 2012 at 7:07:12 PM
Sir, You say (quoting others)"our lives begin to ... by Ad Du on Friday, Oct 5, 2012 at 9:49:34 PM
I'm sure when Dr. King spoke the words "our lives ... by Sylvester Brown, Jr. on Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 4:24:57 PM
Couldn't agree with you more but until our politic... by margaret beresford on Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 3:34:22 PM
I'm still amazed that the billionaires wh... by Sylvester Brown, Jr. on Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 4:33:07 PM
The federal leviathan lives as the attack dog serv... by David McElroy on Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 5:03:42 PM
to the financier class. More and more must be spen... by intotheabyss on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 6:22:12 AM
Bingo.  It rolls ever onward to it's last oil... by Don Caldarazzo on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 7:30:42 PM
Sadly, I will admit that I have not yet read this ... by Bayard Waterbury on Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 1:58:05 PM