A Step In The Right Direction
December 18, 2010 the United States Senate voted to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell" -- a step in the right direction... but why do we struggle so to fully embrace our ideals and vision of a nation of equality and justice for all? Yes, a step in the right direction, but what about the "Dream Act"? What about marriage equality? What about the right to organize in the workplace? What about limiting the power of corporations to buy politicians and elections? What about protecting this precious planet from the powerful who consider it their personal playground for the pursuit of unlimited wealth -- until they must inevitably die... and, of couse, can't take either their money or toys with them? What about a requirement for "news sources" to "fact check" -- and not deliberately misinform our citizenry? If we are, in fact, going to progress into a society and nation "of, by, and for the people", today should be a clarion call to get serious and get to work. Si se puede!
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.