Per the OD a coalition of Mohawk Valley Community Action, RCIL, MVCC, Catholic Charities, Utica Safe Schools Healthy Students, and other organizations plans to combat poverty.
Sounds benign enough. Who does not want to combat poverty?
One major goal will be to educate the public and get rid of misconceptions that the only people dealing with poverty are “lazy” and on welfare, she said. There are many people who work very hard but can’t get by on what they make, Turner said.
Another effort will be to conduct voter registration campaigns to give people more of a voice in changing their own struggles, she said.
How do "misconceptions" keep people poor? How will "voter registration campaigns" get people jobs?
Training people for jobs and working to create an environment where jobs can flourish will help combat poverty . . . But that is not what is being proposed here.
The inclusion of Utica Safe Schools Healthy Students made me take notice. If you can remember back to 2002, this organization was born under rather opaque circumstances and had some rather disturbing plans (since removed from the UCSD website). (Note: This organization was created under a Federal Dept. of Ed. Program that was promoted by both Presidents Bush and Clinton).
“We’re trying to create almost a movement – a grassroots movement . . .”
The coalition members want to “create a sense of urgency and almost outrage” in order to motivate people to bring about the necessary changes . . .
"Outrage?" Over What? "Necessary Changes?" What changes?
No, this is NOT a "grassroots" movement. All these organizations are funded by GOVERNMENT with OUR TAX DOLLARS . . . And they will use our tax dollars to promote public outrage -- a/k/a public intimidation!
The objective here is anything but combating poverty. The program is geared to (1) ensuring a steady flow of taxpayer dollars into the coffers of friendly not-for-profits, and (2) influencing the political process.
The ultimate goal is to give the Government more control over People, rather than the other way around.