As December 2018 frost crunches underfoot and we hunch our shoulders against the cold , I’m looking ahead to winter solstice: that welcome day when we’ll turn the corner on darkness and the days begin to inch longer and lighter. In these dark months, we’ve got to make our own light to get by.
Winter months can be tough on all of us, from our sunshine-deprived skin to the stress of the holidays, from challenging family dynamics to reminders of loneliness, to weather extremes and the real dangers they present for people without housing .
The big societal challenges we’re faced with can feel like a long winter, too. The issues of homelessness, poverty and the overdose crisis can feel huge. They can make us feel small and powerless. But a truth we hold to at Megaphone Magazine is that we all have something to contribute. Our Megaphone Magazine vendors, despite barriers of poverty, homelessness and poor health, contribute so much to our communities . They bring the light we need to keep going in darkness.
At Megaphone Magazine , we reject the cynicism that tells us poverty is inevitable. Poverty is not a natural disaster or beyond our control. It is a direct result of what we collectively choose to value as a society. That means we have the power to change it. But we will not turn a solstice-like corner on homelessness, poverty or overdose deaths until we see sustained bold leadership from all levels of government.
And we will not see bold leadership from all levels of government unless community members like you and I hold our elected leaders accountable, each and every day.
How about making that your New Year’s Resolution?
community members like you and I hold our elected leaders accountable, each and every day.
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