"Property is theft." (St. Basil)
Women work two-thirds of the world's working hours, produce half the world's food, yet earn only 10 percent of the world's income and own less than 1 percent of the world's property.
More than 100 million children in the developing world have no basic education; 60 percent of them are girls.
More than 40 million people are living with AIDS.
More than 12 million people die annually from lack of water; 1.1 billion do not have access to clean water; 2.4 billion live without proper sanitation.
In the developing world, 91 children out of every 1,000 die before their fifth birthday.
The income of the richest 1 percent of people in the world is equal to that of the poorest 57 percent.
At least 1.2 billion people in the world live on less than a dollar a day. Half the world's people live on less than two dollars a day.
Six million children under the age of five die every year as a consequence of malnutrition.
More than 840 million people in the world are malnourished.
It is the personal responsibility of everyone to change these facts as quickly as possible. We can build a world of justice and peace! If we don't, who will?
"I am criticized often for my continual attacks upon the rich. Yes: because the rich continually attack the poor." (St. John Chrysostom)
How are you going to help us turn towards justice?
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.