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Take POWER's Economic Rights Survey!
TELL YOUR STORY!
Take POWER's ECONOMIC RIGHTS SURVEY!
POWER created this Economic Human Rights Survey to help document conditions of poverty and economic hardship here in Maine. These conditions represent violations of our human rights, and as part of our efforts to build a movement to end poverty, we are documenting these violations. Please take a few moments to complete this survey and share your story about economic human rights violations that you have experienced. Only when we refuse to remain silent can we organize to stop these human rights abuses and abolish poverty once & for all.
If you have a story to share about struggling to meet your health needs,
please also see POWER's NEW HEALTHCARE JUSTICE SURVEY:
*A special note about testifying & speaking out
--from your fellow POWER members
However, we really do hope you'll consider testifying. We say this knowing how hard it can be to speak out about what are often very painful, personal experiences. Many of us have struggled for YEARS to find the courage to tell our stories publicly. We know first-hand how scary it can be. But we also know what can happen when we overcome these fears. Many of us have found that speaking out about your story can be a life-changing experience. When we stood up & exposed these injustices, we turned what used to be our fear, isolation, & shame into a new sense of courage, power, & pride - and we found out that we are far stronger & more powerful than we ever imagined ourselves to be. And that, friends, is something that money just can't buy, and better still, it's something that lasts a lifetime.
But more than that, many of us have also come to realize that it is far scarier to do nothing, to say nothing. Because the fact is, the longer we refuse to speak out about these injustices, the longer these injustices will continue. And that's what the 'enemy' wants - in this case, the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical companies, the HMO's, & all of their paid-for lobbyists, debt collectors, & politicians. They rely on our fear. These enemies of justice depend on us remaining quiet, isolated, & ashamed - that way we never challenge them. Nothing would make them happier than for us to continue to quietly accept the status quo and keep on suffering under this broken healthcare system that is literally billing us for killing us.... Yes, we have the right to remain silent, accept the status quo, & we lose what little we already have. But we also have the right to speak out & demand change - and it's up to us to choose. We already know that complaining under our breath and in private conversations isn't getting us anywhere.
Millions upon millions of are suffering these injustices. We're really the majority and we really do have power - it's just a matter of us recognizing this power & gathering the courage to use it. We live in the richest nation the world has ever known - we shouldn't be dying for healthcare! The choice is ours: we can agree to remain silent & let these profiteers (and the politicians they pay for) keep stealing both our dollars & our rights out from underneath us. Or we can find our voices, make some noise, & demand some justice.
Last of all, we want to end by saying this: to all of our brothers and sisters out there with a story to share - we want you to know that above all, we will support whatever decision you make. If you're not ready right now, that's ok. Just know that we will be here for you when you are.
Your friends at Portland Organizing to Win Economic Rights
WHEN WE UNITE TO CLAIM OUR RIGHTS TOGETHER WE HAVE POWER!
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When we unite to claim our rights together we have POWER!
Portland Organizing to Win Economic Rights = POWER!
Winning our economic rights;
Putting poverty on trial;
Building a Maine that truly is the way life should be - for ALL of us!!!
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