The Poor People’s Campaign

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Please join the poverty campaign this Saturday (10am or 6pm ET) and Sunday (6pm ET) on June 20/21, 2020. It is the biggest ever protest in US history because we have some of the most obscene levels of injustice in world history right now, whether you look at levels of death, levels of slavery of various kinds, levels of war, levels of debt and economic injustice, levels of propaganda and others. See a short list of 11 major injustices that are causing damage and death to 10s of millions of lives every year below. 700 people die every day from poverty and 220 from racism in the USA alone. Millions of people in America have to drink polluted water or live in toxic areas.

Godly Jews and Christians have always opposed, protested, and overcome many injustices and pioneered almost all human rights in history. We can do that now too with God’s help.

Jesus protested. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke, 4:18-19)

This call echoes the cries of the prophets throughout the ages to stand up for justice, righteousness and the dignity of all:

“If you remove the yoke from among you,…the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom by like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. (Isaiah 58)

We can protest by actions at individual, church and community levels to defeat the deceptions, injustices, cruelty of poverty, racism and other things  that are hurting people. We can also protest the structural, interlocking government and corporate injustice that are causing the extremely destructive evils of poverty, racism, militarism, etc. that are devasting millions of lives every year by joining national and international campaigns like the Poor People’s Campaign.

Also protest on June 19 at courthouses to remove all forms of slavery from the US constitution, esp. in the 13th Amendment and watch the documentary “The 13th” to learn about this issue.  
  
Also, join the Localization conference, that teaches people who to become self-sufficient and not support structural injustice in many ways.

If you are a pastor or speaker, there is an editable powerpoint and an example sermon that you can use to share this crucial topic for our time in history with your church members. There are also websites for SDAs who want to work for or learn about Biblical justice and especially Biblical economics and ways to oppose injustice best.

POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:

https://poorpeoplescampaign.org

If at all possible, read their research of ~9 pages in the executive summary on the devastating effects of poverty, racism and war in this page which is ~9 pages. This is focusing on America, but it’s similar in many countries.

https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/PPC-Audit-Full-410835a.pdf

They also have a facebook page (and often local state chapters too)

https://www.facebook.com/anewppc

Read esp. this summary of the devastating effects of war from the Poor people’s campaign…..start on page 10-11 about war…but at least read the executive summary.

https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/PPC-Audit-Full-410835a.pdf

Useful facts, specific for states, are here: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/resource/factsheets/

THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN DEMANDS–A Moral Agenda Based on Fundamental Rights

https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/about/our-demands/

USEFUL LINKS:
Jesus Led a Poor People’s Campaign: Sermons from the Movement to End Poverty
https://kairoscenter.org/publications-research/sermon-collection-book/ 

https://kairoscenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/SON001_Songbook_2019_V2-LR.pdf

https://kairoscenter.org/study/ https://kairoscenter.org/sermons-bible-studies-liturgies/ https://kairoscenter.org/publications-research/

https://kairoscenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/SON001_Songbook_2019_V2-LR.pdf

Pastor Barber, the main founder/leader of the Poor People’s Campaign says,

“The greatest fear has always been black and white and brown coming together and forming an agenda together. That sends trembles through the extremist body….We are not here to talk about democrat or republican…Let’s start with the facts. People are DYING because of poverty. I’m a pastor. I’ve buried people because of these politics. This system is not broken. It was never made for us.”

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/wecriedpower

This website focuses on helping the church defeat the severe economic injustice in the world now.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Biblical-Economics-Justice-for-Life-and-Truth-BELT-103634401382913/about/


SERMON: The Biblical History of Protest, Why it Matters and the Protests of the 3 Angels’ message.
Powerpoint (editable): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wQY5-GB6BGAPOM3nG-lL6vOAIpNAHjrK/view?usp=sharing

Example sermon (start ~23:00). This is the 2nd of 2 sermons on this topic. The first was on 10 kinds of racism that harm lives. This powerpoint mixes parts of both sermons. https://www.facebook.com/HighPointChineseSDAChurch/videos/1103493790035733

There are actually ~20 kinds of racism. See the list here:
http://blog.truth-is-life.org/rights/end-racism/racism-types/


MORE PROTESTS/ACTIONS TO TAKE
***JUNE 19, 202: JUNETEENTH CAMPAIGN. Protest at county courthouses to abolish poverty.

http://chng.it/cH4nJkwt or https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-abolish-legal-slavery-in-the-usa

“The 13th” documentary.

13TH | FULL FEATURE | Netflix  (available free for a time)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8

***World Localization Day – Register for FREE at https://worldlocalizationday.org/

A world-changing online programme of inspirational talks, interviews, films, humour and music.

Scholars and people from almost every background agree that we are facing many crises.

  1. Diseases:                                       ~41,000,000 people die per year from bad health[1]
  2. Poverty:                                         ~13-18,000,000 people die per year from poverty[2]
  3. Environmental Pollution:                ~12,600,000 people die per year from pollution[3]
  4. Injuries/crashes/crime/war:              ~5,800,000 people/year[4]
  5. Racism/segregation                         ~3,850,000 people/year die from racism (based on 176,000/yr. in the USA)[5]

CRISES/LOSS OF FREEDOM/INJUSTICE (abuse, exploitation, harm, hurt)

  • Slavery (debt, sex, chattel, etc.)       ~40,300,000+ people[6]
  • Sexual slavery/forced marriage        ~4,800,000+ per year (~300-800,000 in the US alone)***
  • Incidents of child abuse:                 ~1,000,000,000 per year[7] & ~$750 billion lost (USA alone)[8]
  • Divorce (causes many addictions)    ~5.5/1000 people on average every year (~38,500,000 people worldwide)[9]
  • Materialistic/deceptive education     ~1.3 billion students in public schools and some private/religious schools[10]
  • Independence/job crisis                   ~800,000,000 people will likely lose their jobs by 2030[11]


WATCH THESE CLIPS TO SEE WHAT THESE STATISTICS MEAN IN REAL LIVES
Callie Greer, I’m wailing because my children are no more, wailing because my babies ain’t no more.

This system is not broken. It’s working just fine for those who made the system. It’s doing what it was supposed to do.

A Time to Wail | Callie Greer – Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQhL_7phTmg

Pastor Ronald Odom from Boston, the father of a murdered son, addresses the need for us all to take responsibility for the violence that surrounds us as we count down from one hundred days to the Poor People’s Campaign Digital Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington on June 20th, hearing directly from people all across the country who make up the millions who are impacted by the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. (Recorded August 1st, 2016)

Voices #38: The Gospel Has Been Co-Opted and Used to Prop Up Racism, Misogyny and Authoritarianism During a Poor People’s Hearing in Little Rock, Arkansas, Rev. Zachary Crow addresses the issue of religious nationalism, how the gospel of Christianity, and why we all must come together as we count down from one hundred days to the Poor People’s Campaign Digital Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington on June 20th, hearing directly from people all across the country who make up the millions who are impacted by the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. (Recorded October 15th, 2018) 

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=255192049006494

Voices #37: Our Children Are Sick and My Neighborhood is a Ghost Town From All the Deaths At a Poor People’s Gathering in St. James Parish, Louisiana, Gloria Dumas minces no words when describing the personal sickness and death she has experienced as industrial plants continue to pollute poor and low-income communities and neighborhoods along “Cancer Alley” as we count down from one hundred days to the Poor People’s Campaign Digital Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington on June 20th, hearing directly from people all across the country who make up the millions who are impacted by the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. (Recorded October 23rd, 2019) https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=302094664118610


“I’m having to choose whether I pay my rent or pay my medical bills or pay other stuff or buy food. I also have a 5-year-old, my husband got laid off, and so these are the questions that everybody’s having to ask themselves. Rent is the last thing I want to think about during this crisis, and being evicted is the last thing I want to worry about.” Kenia Alcocer, California Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Co-Chair & Los Angeles Tenants Union Leader. 
https://www.facebook.com/anewppc/posts/2920402144722608

Voices #29: No American Should be Okay With Any Person Living in Fear in This Country 
1 White woman married to an African American says racism is worse in the last 3 years than she’s ever experienced in 25 years of a biracial marriage.

It’s extremely stressful knowing that some injustice or cruelty might happen to her husband or children due to hate crimes, because hate crimes have surged by 34% under Trump.  Hate crime murders has doubled. White supremacy groups are growing faster than ever. 

Vote/protest to end the nightmare of racism and other injustices. It hurts us all in the end. Hold political parties accountable.  Make America love Again.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud8427RBDCs&list=PLdUpGm0fo4J5QemgmtnkpA0TIAdZsFecC&index=23

Voices #13: If It Affects Our Community Today, It’s Going To Affect Your Community Tomorrow
1) Tennessee has closed 10 rural hospitals and ~15 are at risk of closing.
38% of people in Tennessee are poor.
2) African American man grew up on military base. It poisoned the community around it, mostly black, but all income levels. Caused high rates of cancer.  
4) No history of cancer. Mother got brain cancer. Radically changed behavior, she ran away from home several times, mother tried to stab her son with a knife. Sister got same cancer.
5) This happened to a generation of people in minorities around the country. Many children have asthma, behaviour disorders, etc. because of poisoned water. Many elderly get diseases from toxic pollution.
If it affects one community now, it will affect others later.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fsb1Ipbm_s&list=PLdUpGm0fo4J5QemgmtnkpA0TIAdZsFecC&index=8&t=0s

Pastor Tony Algood tells how powerful rich stop funding for poor and homeless, bought land they needed, bought land homeless were using to force them out of public areas, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gseg6-3JtNc&list=PLdUpGm0fo4J5QemgmtnkpA0TIAdZsFecC&index=48


There are many factors that cause these problems. But God said that the main cause is greed “the root of all kinds of evil” (1 Tim. 6:10). All sin is related to greed/evil and the Bible talks about 20 specific evils of greed, such as. “Greed brings grief to the whole family” (Prov. 15:27), causes fighting (Prov. 28:25), causes violence (Ez. 45:9, Is. 5:7,8), ruins nations (Hab. 2:5), eradicates God’s love in people’s hearts (1 John 3:17), will cause very difficult times in the last days (2 Tim. 3:1,2) and more.

This website focuses on helping the church defeat the severe economic injustice in the world now.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Biblical-Economics-Justice-for-Life-and-Truth-BELT-103634401382913/about/

David Williams, an Adventist professor of African and African American studies at Harvard, has done research and given many talks about the harm of racism and how while the police killings make sensational news, it actually kills a lot more through it’s lethal economic, medical and societal consequences. He cites many studies and 2 major truths that may seem different or opposite, but are both tragically true and complementary:

TRUTH #1: Racism is real and it is lethal. When the economic, health and societal consequences of racism are investigated, ~220 African Americans die every day due to economic and social injustice.

TRUTH #2: Racism is lethal. But poverty is even more lethal overall. Low income Americans (less than $25,000/year income) have a death rate 3 times higher than high income Americans. Poor people from all races, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Arab, etc. in die at similar or even higher rates in countries around the world.

“The House that Racism Built and It’s Consequences for Health”. Jan. 17, 2019,

https://livestream.com/collegedalesdachurch/events/8305584/videos/185998211.

PDF http://urbanhealth.jhu.edu/_PDFs/Williams_PPT_The_House_that_Racism_Built_4-25-16.pdf

PPT http://healthystpete.foundation/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Williams-St-Petersburg-2017.pptx

He has a TED talk here:

TED TALK: HOW RACISM MAKES US SICK

Anyone who does not care about justice for the oppressed, does not realize that God created all people to be equal and does not love as God loved in the Bible (the Bible repeatedly says that God is on the side of the oppressed), and/or does not realize that we are supposed to imitate God (Ephesians 5:1) and love as He loves, with both words and action (James 2, 1 John 3:17). In addition, when oppressors hurt other people, if we don’t protest, eventually they will lose all moral sense. Then they will hurt us and those we love too. The Bible talks about this principle and much history shows it is true.

This is a TED talk about how that has already happened in several ways. It shows how racism hurts minorities first, but it eventually ends up hurting everyone. Dr. McGhee mentions a couple of ways this has happened. For example, when many city parks, zoos and swimming pools that had been white only, and they were required to open them to everyone by civil rights laws, many racist cities instead closed them down for everyone.  The 2008 crisis was caused mostly by predatory lendors targeting minorities. When they couldn’t pay the exploitative fees, they defaulted, and this caused banks to crash, then many lost jobs, businesses closed, 10 million lost their homes, and ~$19 trillion was lost as well as millions of jobs.

“At several marches and rallies, Coretta Scott King criticized the hypocrisy of a society “where violence against poor people and minority groups is routine.” In doing so, she reframed the political language of the time, foregrounding issues of economic violence that were prevalent in American society. “More forcefully than her husband had articulated,” King biographer Thomas Jackson explained, “Coretta King connected poverty and policy neglect to systemic social violence.”  …[In one famous statement she said,]

“I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/03/coretta-scott-king-extract

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/02/coretta-scott-king/552557/

Everyone should watch this. It’s heart rending and made me even more angry at the systematic injustice going on than I have already been. Callie Greer says,

“I’m wailing because my children are no more, wailing because my babies ain’t no more. This system is not broken. It’s working just fine for those who made the system. It’s doing what it was supposed to do.”

A Time to Wail | Callie Greer – Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQhL_7phTmg

She’s right. Pastor Barber, the main founder/leader of the campaign says,

“The greatest fear has always been black and white and brown coming together and forming an agenda together. That sends trembles through the extremist body….We are not here to talk about democrat or republican…Let’s start with the facts. People are DYING because of poverty. I’m a pastor. I’ve buried people because of these politics. This system is not broken. It was never made for us.” https://vimeo.com/ondemand/wecriedpower

These are a few highlights of the Poor People’s Campaign and their goals/demands.

Over the past few years, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has…met with tens of thousands of people, witnessing the strength of their moral courage in trying times. We have gathered testimonies from hundreds of poor people and we have chronicled their demands for a better society. In communities across this land, people impacted by systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and our distorted moral narrative have said the same thing:

“We want to be free! We need a Poor People’s Campaign! We need a Moral Revival to make this country great for so many for whom it has not yet been.”

This call echoes the cries of the prophets throughout the ages to stand up for justice, righteousness and the dignity of all:

“If you remove the yoke from among you,…the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom by like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. (Isaiah 58)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke, 4:18-19)

The following moral agenda is drawn from this deep engagement and commitment to these struggles of the poor and dispossessed. It is also grounded in an empirical assessment of how we have come to this point today. The Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing America report reveals how the evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy and militarism are persistent, pervasive, and perpetuated by a distorted moral narrative that must be challenged….

Everybody has the right to live. The U.S. Constitution was established to “promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” Given the abundance that exists in this country and the fundamental dignity inherent to all humanity, every person in the United States has the right to dignified jobs and living wages, housing, education, health care, welfare, and the right to organize for the realization of these rights…

WAR HARMS PEOPLE IN ALL COUNTRIES

Military spending in 2017 was $668 billion and out of federal discretionary spending only $190 billion was for anti-poverty programs…Most of these resources allocated to war are not benefitting our troops…In 2016, CEOs of the top five military contractors earned on average $19.2 million each — more than 90 times the $214,000 earned by a U.S. general with 20 years of experience and 640 times the $30,000 earned by Army privates in combat. This expanded military budget ends up claiming more lives abroad while making us less safe and inflicting harm here at home.

More than 68 percent of the civilian casualties in 2017 from aerial attacks were women and children. Nearly half of female military personnel sent to Iraq or Afghanistan reported being sexually harassed and nearly 25 percent said they had been sexually assaulted. In 2012, suicide claimed more military deaths than military action and as of September 2017, an average of 20 veterans died by suicide every day…militarization has also contributed to the mass proliferation of guns. From 1968 to 2016, there were about 1.6 million gun deaths in the United States. U.S. homicide rates were 7.0 times higher than in other high-income countries, driven by a gun homicide rate that was 25.2 times higher.

We demand an end to military aggression and war-mongering.

–We demand a stop to the privatization of the military budget and any increase in military spending.

–We demand a reallocation of resources from the military budget towards our human security, including towards education, health care, jobs and green infrastructure needs, and strengthening a Veterans Administration system that must remain public.

–We demand a ban on assault rifles and a ban on the easy access to firearms that has led to the increased militarization and weaponization of our communities.

–We demand an immigration system that, instead of criminalizing people for trying to raise their families, prioritizes family reunification, keeps families together and allows us all to build thriving communities in the country we call home.

POVERTY IS DEADLY

…the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), takes into account income as well as the costs of food, clothing, housing and utilities, and government programs that have assisted low-income families and individuals who are not otherwise designated as poor. Using the more thorough SPM, 43.3 percent of the U.S. population — or 140 million people — were poor or low-income in 2017…including:

52.1 percent of children under the age of 18 (38.5 million children)

40.4 percent of adults between the ages of 18-64 (81 million adults)

42.0 percent of our elders over the age of 64 (21.4 million elders)

41.6 percent or 65.8 million men

45 percent or 74.2 million women

33.5 percent of White, non-Hispanic people (65.6 million people)

59.7 percent of Black, non-Hispanic people (23.7 million people)

64.1 percent of Latinx people (38 million people)

40.8 percent of Asian people (8 million people)

58.9 percent of Native and Indigenous people (2.14 million people)

–We demand relief from wealth inequality.

–We demand relief from crushing household, student, and consumer debt. We declare Jubilee.

–We demand the repeal of the 2017 tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations and the reinvestment of those funds into public programs for housing, health care, education, jobs, infrastructure and welfare for the poor.

–We demand that the nation and our lawmakers turn their immediate attention to passing policies and budget allocations that would end child poverty. This includes a public hearing on the federal and state institutions charged with child safety and protection, including on how their resources are used to take children away rather than strengthening families.

–We demand the immediate implementation of federal and state living wage laws that are commensurate for the 21st century economy, guaranteed annual incomes, full employment and the right for all workers to form and join unions.

–We demand that the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share of our country’s urgent needs around decent and affordable housing, free public education, a robust social safety net and social security.

–We demand fully-funded social welfare programs that provide cash and in-kind assistance directly to the poor, including poor families. We demand an end to the attacks on SNAP, CHIP, HEAP, and other vital programs for the poor.

–We demand fair and decent housing for all and the end to the rolling back of fair housing protections at HUD.

–We demand reinvestment in and the expansion of public housing, ensuring that all have a decent house to live in.

–We demand equal treatment and accessible housing, health care, public transportation, adequate income and services for people with disabilities.

–We demand an end to anti-union and anti-workers’ rights laws in the states.

–We demand equal pay for equal work.

–We demand equity in education, ensuring every child receives a high-quality, well-funded, diverse public education.

–We demand an end to the re-segregation of schools. We demand free tuition at public colleges and universities and an end to profiteering on student debt. We demand equitable funding for historically black colleges and universities and for Native, Tribal and Indigenous educational institutions, whose missions have not outlived their purpose.

–We demand the expansion of Medicaid in every state and the protection of Medicare and single-payer universal health care for all.

–We demand fully funded public resources and access to mental health professionals and addiction and recovery programs.

We demand public infrastructure projects and sustainable, community-based and controlled economic initiatives that target poor urban and rural communities.

…Since 2010, 23 states have passed racist voter suppression laws, including racist gerrymandering and redistricting, laws that make it harder to register, reduced early voting days and hours, purging voter rolls, and more restrictive voter ID laws…These continued attacks on democracy are connected to a growing anti-immigrant backlash in the form of xenophobia, Islamophobia, and the scapegoating and assaults on undocumented immigrants.

 in American history, as throughout the rest of the world, — from abolition, to women’s suffrage, to labor and civil rights — real social change has come when those most impacted by social injustice have joined hands with allies of good will to stand together to transform and better society. These movements did not simply stand against partisan foes. They stood for the deep moral center of our Constitutional values and faith traditions. Those deep wells sustained those who knew in their bones both that power concedes nothing without a fight and that, in the end, love is the greatest power to sustain a fight for what is right.

Today, 50 years after Rev. Dr. King and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign declared that “silence was betrayal,” we are coming together to break the silence and tell the truth about the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and our distorted moral narrative.

The truth is that systemic racism allows us to deny the humanity of others; by denying the humanity of others, we are given permission to exploit or exclude people economically; by exploiting and excluding people economically, we are emboldened to abuse our military powers and, through violence and war, control resources; this quest for the control of resources leads to the potential destruction of our entire ecosystem and everything living in it. And the current moral narrative of our nation both justifies this cycle and distracts us from it.

We declare that if silence was betrayal in 1968, revival is necessary today.

We come to remind our nation what truths we hold to be self-evident and what values we hold dear.

We draw on the histories of resistance that echo their truth down through the centuries and the power of the blood that has been shed through generations of struggle.

We loudly proclaim that we will move forward together, not one step back!


[1] World Health Organization. “Noncommunicable diseases.” June 1, 2018. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/noncommunicable-diseases.  NONCOMMUNICABLE DISEASES (NCDs) AND MENTAL HEALTH: CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS https://www.who.int/nmh/publications/ncd-infographic-2014.pdf

[2] “One third of deaths – some 18 million people a year – are caused by poverty.” “The facts about world poverty.” May 14, 2005. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2005/may/15/uk.g81. Ilaboya, I.R. et al. “Causes, Effects and Way Forward to Food Insecurity.” Iranica Journal of Energy & Environment 3 (2): 181, December 18, 2011. www.ijee.net/article_64396_9d9a696fd79aacfd9d88ad31817cc1dd.pdf. Poverty is closely linked with NCDs that kill 41,000,000 a year as this WHO site shows. www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs355/en/. See also: Rosegrant, M.W., “Looking Ahead. Long-Term prospects for Africa’s Agricultural Development and Food Security”. 2005. Washington D.C.: IFPRI and “The World Health Report 2004”, http://www.who.int/whr/2004/annex/topic/en/annex_2_en.pdf.

[3] World Health Organization. “An estimated 12.6 million deaths each year are attributable to unhealthy environments.” March 15, 2016. www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2016/deaths-attributable-to-unhealthy-environments/en/. See also: World Health Organization. “Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks.”

[4] World Health Organization. “Injuries and violence: the facts.” Geneva, 2010,   https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/key_facts/en/.

[5] Galea, Sandro.  “How Many U.S. Deaths are Caused by Poverty, Lack of Education, and Other Social Factors?” Jul. 05 2011 https://www.mailman.columbia.edu/public-health-now/news/how-many-us-deaths-are-caused-poverty-lack-education-and-other-social-factors; Galea, Sandro et al., “Estimated Deaths Attributable to Social Factors in the United States.” Aug. 2011, American Journal of Public Health 101, 1456_1465, https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2010.300086.

[6] Global Findings. https://www.globalslaveryindex.org/2018/findings/global-findings/, https://ourrescue.org.

[7] Center for Disease Control.“Research Brief: One billion children across the world are exposed to violence in childhood each year.” November 8, 2018, https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/vacs/onebillion-children.html.

[8] Goldstein, Barry. “Warnings to Judges, Evaluators, Caseworkers and Legislators.” July 15, 2018.  https://stopabusecampaign.org/2018/07/15/warning-to-judges-evaluators-caseworkers-and-legislators/

[9] DePaulo, Bella. “Divorce Rates Around the World: A Love Story.” Feb 03, 2019, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/living-single/201902/divorce-rates-around-the-world-love-story.

[10] A US government study labeled US public school education mediocre and basically an “act of war“ and “unthinking, unilateral educational disarmament.” https://www2.ed.gov/pubs/NatAtRisk/risk.html. SDA teacher Scott Ritsema explains the vast difference between godly education and public school education in Schooled, Undoctrinated and Raising the Remnant.  https://beltoftruthministries.org/shop/undoctrinated-schooled-bundle  The non-Christian but brilliant documentary “Schooling the World” shows how materialist ideas are being spread by public education all over the world and exploit people. https://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/schooling-the-world-2010/. http://data.uis.unesco.org/

[11] Masha, Kola. “How Farming Could Employ Africa’s Young Workforce and Help Build Peace.” August, 2017.
https://www.ted.com/talks/kola_masha_how_farming_could_employ_africa_s_young_workforce_and_help_build_peace/.

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