The Common Good
March-April 1996

A Passion for Solutions

by Maia Twedt | March-April 1996

The story of poverty must be told again and again until we all recognize a responsibility to search for solutions and develop a passion to work toward their implementation.

The story of poverty must be told again and again until we all recognize a responsibility to search for solutions and develop a passion to work toward their implementation. This is my conviction, and I will keep telling stories and working toward the solutions in the low-income neighborhood where I work and live.

In the tradition of the Greensboro sit-ins in the 1960s, Gandhi's salt march to the sea, and the actions of homeless people who take over abandoned buildings for shelter even though the signs clearly read "Keep Out," I joined with others who felt it necessary to go so far as to break the law in order to speak the truth of survival and justice.

Maia Twedt works at Bread for the City in Washington, D.C.

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