The trek of the Joad family in The Grapes of Wrath is toward their place, their work, and their purpose: the "Promised Land" of their Home. This is the American vision of "justice for all". The challenge before us is to leave no one behind or out on the margins.
Justice is to somehow mirror the "politics" of Rose of Sharon in The Grapes of Wrath: to save, to serve, and to liberate into their possibilities everyone in the community of our place in the world. "Come, my friends, it is not yet too late to seek a newer world." (Robert Kennedy) You must unleash the activist in you! Now is the time for commitment and transformation! You just might be the one for whom history will bend toward the good and the beautiful!
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.