Sunday, January 15, 2006

The Truth Commission..What Next?

Truth Commission Comes to Cleveland

Yesterday at the majestic Trinity Cathedral, the Truth Commission came to Cleveland. This national advocacy effort led by the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and Chari Honkala is based on various UN resolutions signed by the United States that current policy violates. This is a dangerous philosophy since many in the United States hate the United Nations, and others actually feel that the UN is an illegal governmental institution. NEOCH was a co-sponsor and we certainly feel that poverty is an injustice that is a violation of U.S. and international law. We have said many times that in the richest country on the planet, it can only be greed that keeps everyone from obtaining a minimum standard.

It was a good event. One of our friend's testified, Cynthia Miller, and detailed the events leading to homelessness in Cuyahoga County. We also heard from women who were struggling to get assistance from the County. We heard from residents of public housing, and those living in a manufactured home. There were some amazing stories of survival, and hope. There were people testifying who still believe in government even though, for the most part, they were left behind by our government. Very powerful testimony--now what.

What I am always disturbed by is the fact that people pour their heart out for these things and nothing ever comes from it. I hope that this is different. There were a lot of community leaders present (McMickle, Bishop Gries, etc.). I hope that this testimony made some difference, and gets through to someone. I hope these horror stories are used to change policy. I hope that they get posted on a website, and make some impact beyond the chorus. We will see. It is a great deal of work to put these things on, but the real work begins after the event.

Posts by Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless staff and Board.

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