Tune in to this interview with Jacob Kraus-Preminger. The time is now to begin to strategize for the 2022 elections. We start with knowing our power.
The conversation began with Gail asking about food insecurity and the connection to voter participation and other issues of racial and economic justice. Jacob began his response by sharing, “So often, people experience food insecurity because they are forced to choose between spending their limited dollars on housing, healthcare, education, childcare, food, and other necessities. We can work together to expand the choices families have by (1) creating better jobs with living wages and (2) making housing, childcare, healthcare, and basic necessities more affordable. All of this requires power: power we exercise at the voting booth, power we exercise in relationship with elected officials, and power we exercise in the face of those who see basic survival as an opportunity to make record profits.
Gail then jumped to this question, “What opportunities and challenges can we look towards as the 2022 elections get closer and closer?” Jacob jumped in by saying, “The biggest opportunity is for us to continue to win real changes by working together across race, faith, place, and economic background. We are seeing how getting together, not with 100% agreement on everything, but with a shared vision for a country where all of us can thrive, is already paying off. Billions of dollars have been invested in communities around the country, but we need to keep building power so that 1 or 2 Members of Congress aren’t able to stand in the way of voting rights, affordable childcare, saving the planet, and other necessities.”
Here's the truth. Those who want to keep working people fighting over scraps while they earn record profits are afraid of the power we’re building to get together, so they will keep trying to divide us, especially by race, faith, and place. We should all be ready to see more dog whistle politics: certain politicians will keep speaking about race in coded language that isn’t explicitly racist but converts a racist message to white folks in particular. We need to call out these attempts at division for what they are and recognize that a coalition of working people who are Black, brown, white, and Indigenous can win real change in this country.
For more on dog whistle politics, check out the work of Ian Henry Lopez. You can always reach out to Jacob via email at email@example.com.
Join Gail this month as she helps families who are facing food insecurity. This is the tenth year Gail has come alongside of families who are hungry.
Here’s Gail appeal ~
Do this. Close your eyes and think about a time you were hungry. Not because you did not have food in your refrigerator, but due to not having anything immediately on hand to eat. Can you hear your stomach growling? Now think about your neighbor going without food for twenty-four, seventy-two hours, six weeks, six months, an entire year. No, they do not have to live next door to you or even in your neighborhood. Imagine, if you will, someone who cannot feed their children or older parents. Picture that person who needs food to take their medication but would instead give their last slice of bread to a child before school. Let's become a part of the solution this year.
Yes, this is happening every day here in America.
Last year around this time, I shared about people who were facing eviction and food insecurity. This year I am doing the same.
Currently, we have eleven families seeking food. Before you ask, during our vetting system, it is has been confirmed that the individuals have been to the food bank, and with the price of food increasing, the need is greater, and food banks are struggling.
American food banks across the country have been dealing with the increased demands due to COVID19. Twenty months later, the new challenge