by Jess King, candidate for US House PA-16, January 15, 2018
“And how are the children?”
This was the theme of this morning’s 30th anniversary Crispus Attucks Community Center Breakfast honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. here in Lancaster.
So how are OUR children? In Lancaster City, 42.7% of our children live below the poverty line. In Reading, 48.9%. Our children are brilliant, beautiful, precious – but they are not okay. WE are not okay when half of our children live in poverty.
Before he was killed, Dr. King turned his attention to poverty, calling on America to redeem the revolutionary promise of our founding documents:
“We read, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’ But if a man doesn’t have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists.”
And, we could add, his children suffer too….
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