Picket Signs: how can we act when we get angry?This morning I woke up to an email box full of links from friends letting me know about some things going on in Louisiana and Mississippi.

I’ll break it down for you:

Louisiana

A Republican senator from this state presented an amendment to permanently drop anyone ever convicted of a violent crime from Food Stamps aka Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). And the Democrats said sure!

Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says, “The amendment would bar from SNAP (food stamps), for life, anyone who was ever convicted of one of a specified list of violent crimes at any time — even if they committed the crime decades ago in their youth and have served their sentence, paid their debt to society, and been a good citizen ever since. In addition, the amendment would mean lower SNAP benefits for their children and other family members.”

Mississippi

Mississippi’s state Supreme Court is considering a case that could open the door for women who have miscarriages to be prosecuted for manslaughter. The case in question is in regards to a woman who used methamphetamine during her pregnancy. This is a case to watch. If the woman is prosecuted then it could mean that any pregnant woman could be prosecuted for all kinds of unhealthy behaviors. Unhealthy behaviors like eating soft cheese, exercising, drinking herbal tea, etc, etc, etc. I can not even get my head wrapped around how horrific this is. At all.

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I hear about these things, SNAP benefits being threatened, women who have miscarriages being taken to court, and I just freeze. And then I want to ACT. But how? What? I don’t understand how we can sit and watch these things happen in our world and yet I do not know what to do. Getting angry has never helped me solve anything. I like to be solution and action based. But these things seem so beyond me.

All I know is that people who have been convicted of crimes and have served their terms and been released back into society should be able to have another chance to achieve. Sometimes we need help achieving. SNAP is there to HELP FAMILIES. By suddenly removing this help you place entire generations into despair. That is just inhumane and evil. It’s equivalent to dropping off a puppy out by the side of a dirt road and driving away. We are better than this. We have to be. We must be.

And prosecuting women after going through such a horrific loss is just the lowest of the low.

What do you guys do when you read about things that make you so upset? Do you just click away and seethe? Do you act? How? All I could think to do was write. I can also share this link and urge you to join me in telling congress to take a stand against hunger in the farm bill.

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