Today’s ride was 70 miles of rain. Thank you Vittoria for the Open Corsa Evo KX tires- awesome in rain!! Eric bit it pulling in to lunch, but recovered in seconds and got the style points for the day.
On to the main thrust of this post: affordable housing.
In our presentations, we rattle of some figures and show a rather self-congratulatory video. Yes it’s bad that 96 million (i.e. 1 in 3) people in the US spend more than 30% of their income on housing. it’s a travesty. It’s an indictment of the government that spent more than my entire tax burden last year on a single depleted uranium APFSDS tank round.
We’re supposed to be pedaling to end poverty housing. we are building some houses, but we’re not really raising awareness of the issue- we’re not saying "vote LBJ for president" or "boycott Wal-Mart" (which we are frequenting, due to budgetary concerns…) and I think we have a responsibility to do so. Biking across the country is guerilla theater–we are making a statement. almost every night we give a presentation, and I personally have been intervewed for a TV newscast and two newspaper articles. But we aren’t pushing the agenda- mostly because the agenda isn’t there to be pushed. Yes, Eric Gioia, a new york city council member, has been living on an $8/day food budget, and was on the Leonard Lopate show (WNYC) to dramatize the issue. our ‘pedaling to end poverty housing’ isn’t pushing any legislative agenda–as far as I know there’s no legislative agenda to push! socialism died with of the great society plans in the jungles of Vietnam, and no one cares to even think about the people stuck in poverty at home when the government is preoccupied with war in Iraq and oil profits and the forward thinking are concerned with global warming.
what to do:
- vote for increases in the minimum wage, or for candidates for office who endorese that cause
- boycott Wal-Mart and other companies who do not pay living wages or give appropriate benefits. Wal Mart keeps prices low and pofits high by abusing their workers–paying low wages and not providing health and other benefits.
- learn about the presidential candidates, and vote for whomever has the best healthcare policy. even though the president doesn’t yield as much domestic power as you think, they still have some sway.
- support low cost housing initiatives. a finger in the leaking dike is better than nothing. (especially considering the government isn’t really motivated to do anything
and a big thanks to Uncle El for shipping out the resupply, the USPS for getting it to me, and as always, to Glenn for the showers pass jacket!