"Power is the strength required to bring about social, political, and economic change... Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love." -- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The crisis confronting America is, essentially, that of community versus corporation. One would have us cooperate into our shared possibilities. The other would have us surrender our spirit and life unto their corporate profit ledger. Since corporations are now considered persons, our real personhood in our humanity is at risk of being "privatized" by the corporate rulers that be. This is no small thing -- everything is now on the line. Awareness of the risk of this moment is essential in order to mobilize a movement of resistance.
True power liberates into justice. True power lifts up the downtrodden and weak. True power creates paths of transformation for both persons and communities. True power tends all of us towards equality and our full development. We need to organize: this American experiment is not for the taking by monopolistic corporations! We need to say it loud and we need to say it clear: democracy now!
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.