Another Mission Statementposted by Jazz at 2/12/2005 07:07:00 AM
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I'll offer this excerpt from a longer piece, too long for inclusion here. In fact, this is too long for a meme, but anyway....
"What we ultimately reject is the right of so few to have so much when so many have so little. What we ultimately resist is the power of so few to control so much when so many control so little. What we ultimately affirm is the right of every human being to a decent life free of hunger, fear, and oppression. What we ultimately demand from our society is the effort to guarantee that right.
"We've no desire to place a ceiling over anyone's aspirations, but we do want to put a floor under everyone's needs.
"That's the dream, a dream that reaches to the depths of the human dream. We don't dream of perfection, of idealized utopias, but of human justice. Justice in its truest sense: economic, social, and political. A justice that rejects the ascendency of bombs over bread, of private greed over public good, or profits over people.
A justice that centers on the preciousness of life and will fight to maintain and even expand that preciousness.
That dream is there for us, and if we can but have the courage to hold to that dream, to take risks for it, to look to the future, together we can do it. It won't be easy. It won't be cheap. And it won't be convenient. But it is possible. And after all is said and done, it is simply the right thing to do.