Posted on January 09, 2012
Posted on December 28, 2011
A Message from the Executive Director
On behalf of A Minnesota Without Poverty, thank you to all who attended our fundraiser dinner on November 10. It was a grand evening, with honorees Northwest Area Foundation, Neighborhood Development Center, and Joe and Suzi Johnson. Also thanks to all of you who could not attend and yet gave a contribution in support of the work to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020. Thank you also to the wonderful cosponsors who gave a donation for the ad book for the fundraiser (see the links to those cosponsors below).
As a result of your support and the support of other donors like you, we were able to match the challenge grant from Northwest Area Foundation. That grant and your support have provided the resources for the Enough for All Campaign events in four congressional districts, the Micro-Enterprise Partnerships in three communities in Minnesota-including The Art Shoppe at Midtown Global Market, the video series starring the Minnesota Church Ladies, on various public policy issues, and several educational resources.
The funds you gave in 2011 have been put to good use. Our plans for 2012 are the following:
Posted on December 07, 2011
By Jim Jordal
Collateral damage is the military euphemism for unintended civilian casualties during military operations. Those people harmed are merely part of the costs incurred in pursuit of some higher value like freedom or democracy. Seldom are collateral human losses viewed as serious enough to warrant changing the goals that warranted their suffering. Excuses are made, reparations are offered, but the goals don’t change.
That’s the plight of the poor today. They are collateral damage resulting from society’s pursuit of the "higher" goals of economic growth, increasing profits, and preservation of the dominant upper classes. It’s not as though some person or evil group necessarily plotted their destruction (although they may have), it just happened in the pursuit of bigger, more important things.