Enough violence!  Jobs and income now!

The following is a statement issued by the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Delaware of the Communist Party of America

How to end the epidemic of armed violence in the streets of our cities?

By buying back guns from people who decided they no longer wanted them?

By providing fun activities for children whose parents have the time and energy to give them loving attention?

Through the demonstrations of neighbors who are tired of the attacks of strangers?

In terms of bitterness and anger?

Through memorials to the victims whose shooters either wanted to kill or didn’t care?

These are all good and needed things in themselves, but they didn’t solve the problem.

If we want to get young people off the streets, give them jobs and income.

If we want to dissuade people from selling drugs, give them jobs and other incomes.

If we want to build self-esteem that doesn’t spring from the barrel of a gun, give people jobs and incomes.

If we want to free people from desperate oppressive conditions, give them jobs and incomes.

If we want people to believe in the future and something to live for, give them jobs and incomes.

Good jobs with decent pay for everyone who is able to work!

A suitable income for those who cannot work!

Good education inspires students to learn!

Affordable housing for everyone!

We don’t mean jobs make work. Our cities are in dire need of:

Teachers and librarians

Fully funded schools that provide quality education to all students working in the field of public health and mental health

More public transportation and more staff parks and entertainment staff

Workers maintain and repair dilapidated public infrastructure personnel to keep sidewalks, streets safe and clean, etc.

It’s true that many of these jobs require prior training and experience, but there are plenty of people with college degrees and even advanced degrees who work as baristas and delivery drivers, and in other lower-paying jobs.

Given the right salaries, they will be encouraged to live up to their potential, opening a series of jobs to people with less experience, and eventually to first-time job seekers.

Who could oppose this reasonable proposal?

Companies that want to keep wages low and arms sales high.

Drug cartels, “law enforcement” agencies that thrive on violence and anxiety.

Privatization of schools and health care.

Suburban property developers who want people to flee the city.

City real estate developers who want to clear neighborhoods for high-rise condominiums.

All media benefit from their advertising.

And politicians who reap their “campaign contributions”.

Which side are you on?

Photos: The Wall in Philadelphia by Tony Fisher Photography (CC BY 2.0)


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