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October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day 2008: today the focus is Poverty

Filed under: q.s. quickies — David Giacalone @ 8:27 am

Yesterday, we posted a day early for Blog Action Day 2008, asking Barack Obama to talk about the poor and poverty in America at the last Presidential Debate.  We’ll find out tonight whether either candidate or the moderator thinks poverty is important enough to be a debate issue.

By the way, if you’re in Chicago, you can join Obama supporters who are holding a “Blog Action Day & Debate Watch Party” this evening.

update (October 15, 2008; 11:30 PM):  Sigh. Not one word on the poor or poverty from Barack Obama in tonight’s debate — even when talking about the inadequacies of our education system.

Over ten thousand weblogs have pledged to participate today, focusing on Poverty.  For example:

For more weblogs participating in Blog Action Day 2008, go to:

afterwords: (October 16, 2008): One of our favorite blawgers, Anne Skove of court-o-rama, posted an insightful piece yesterday on Poverty and Addiction —
“Blog Action Day 2008: Poverty or How Low Can You Go?“.  It features excerpts from an article in the Cincinnati alternative newspaper Street Vibes by poet-storyteller Michael Henson.

Speaking of reprises, check out our story about the death of “Frenchie” Hamilton, and the rising tide of attacks on the homeless (September 8, 2008) by juveniles in the USA.


bus station hobo—
four plastic seats
and a tabloid pillow

on each dawn-frosted bench—
a full sleeping bag

a young cop rousts
the trestle couple—
cooing pigeons

in my pupils—
the mattress
in the storefront window

snores from the dumpster
at Executive Suites

dreaming of Dickens
on an empty belly—
one more vagabond

– “The Unmade Bed,” a rengay by David Giacalone (#1) & CarrieAnn Thunell (#2), in Lynx XXII:3 (October 2007)

Finally, Issa knew that the poor are often the richest in spirit:

at his house
though he’s dirt-poor…
plum blossoms

the world today!
umbrella-hatted princes and paupers
blossom viewing

… by Kobayashi Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue

1 Comment

  1. cool to see another blog action day post here. :)

    again, for my part, i turn to sites like freerice, kiva, and goodsearch, as ways to help alleviate poverty online.

    saw this post via the front page of blog action day. :)

    Comment by kouji haiku — October 15, 2008 @ 9:05 am

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