This is the season when many dream of a White Christmas. It is the season when the Nativity and the Menorah are both on display in the marketplace. It is the season when Feliz Navidad plays on many IPods and others gather to celebrate Kwanzaa with family and friends.
This is a season when we see excitement in the eyes of the children—as they make their lists and wait anxiously for Santa to make that magical trip from the North Pole and leave their presents under the tree.
For too many of our children, this season will not be magical or merry—for them or their parents. With 22 percent of children living in poverty; 1.5 million families in foreclosure and another 3.5 million behind in their mortgages, facing foreclosures and with 26 million Americans unemployed or underemployed and desperate to work—this is the season of the Grinch who stole Christmas.
The Grinch, in this case, are the greedy millionaires and billionaires and their bought-and-paid-for politicians who likely will never see their hearts swell from “two sizes too small” to three sizes larger.
No, this Grinch does everything he can to dodge paying is his fair share in taxes. He opposes any policy that strengthens the safety net for the needy, the unemployed, our seniors and our children.
This Grinch doesn’t want this season or the seasons to grow bright for public sector workers, like our teachers, nurses and firefighters. This Grinch wants oices to be silenced in the workplace and in the voting booth. He just hates those who sing Carols of Justice.
Fortunately, there are millions who have stood up and decided that this Grinch representing the 1 percent must be stopped from trying to steal the hopes, dreams and wishes of the 99 percent. From Wisconsin and Ohio to Wall Street and beyond, Carolers of Justice have made their voices and their votes heard.
I don’t know if this will be a White Christmas, but I do know that our New Year will be brighter if we continue to occupy and march for workers’ rights, civil rights, human rights, fight for economic justice, and vote hope and not fear.