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After Trayvon: 40 Reasons to Hit the Streets Every Day

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I'm not suggesting we don't express outrage or we don't hit the streets. I am suggesting, however, that we step out of the impotent role this culture expects and allows us to occupy. Feeling and expressing outrage over the Zimmerman verdict is warranted and necessary. But where's the daily, hourly outrage as the dominant paradigm threatens us and threatens all forms of life?

Reason #7: Total student debt now exceeds the total consumer debt and recently passed $1 trillion.

By now, you've likely caught on that I've offering some urgent and salient motivations to express outrage. For the remainder of this article, please allow me to introduce a bunch more reasons to hit the streets -- and stay there:

Reason #8: In the United States, 2660 children are born into poverty every day.

Reason #9: More than a decade after the U.S.-led invasion, Afghanistan has the highest infant mortality rate in the world -- 257 deaths per 1,000 live births -- while 70 percent of the population lacks access to clean water.

Reason #10: Corporations enjoy "personhood."

Reason #11: Roughly 50 million Americans are without health insurance.

Angry yet?

Reason #12: Eighty-one tons of mercury is emitted into the atmosphere each year as a result of global electric power generation.

Reason #13: In Pakistan, it's been found that one in seven U.S. drone strikes result in a child fatality.

Reason #14: Forty-four percent of the U.S. death row population is African-American (an ethnic group that constitutes only 12.6 percent of the nation's people as a whole).

Think you might put down the remote now?

Reason #15: Hydro-fracking

Reason #16: Tar sands extraction

Reason #17: GMOs

Reason #18: Homelessness

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