In his book "Reflections for Peace of Mind," Maurice Nassan SJ tells how New York's former mayor, Fiorello La Guardia, sometimes presided at court.
Once, during the Depression years, an unemployed man was brought before him for stealing bread for his family. La Guardia said, “Sir, I am sorry! The law excepts no one. I sentence you to a $10 fine.”
Then La Guardia opened his wallet, gave the man $10, remitted his fine, and levied a 50 cent fine on everyone in the courtroom for living in a city where a person had to steal to feed his family. The man walked out of the courtroom with tears in his eyes and $47.50 in his pocket.
This story makes us wonder what kind of indictment Fiorello La Guardia would level against us Americans today, for living in a country that plans to spend 58 percent of its discretionary monies for fiscal year 2011 on maintaining its military superiority in the world, when millions upon millions of our fellow citizens are falling into ever deeper poverty, hunger, foreclosure, homelessness, joblessness, hopelessness and utter despair.
We can stop this insanity.
The Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation is launching a multidimensional and multigenerational grassroots campaign to “Bring the Billion$ Home.”
“This ... campaign will help inform and activate individuals and organizations to pressure Congress to cut military spending and use the savings to fund urgent human and environmental needs in the U.S.” (see www.wwfor.org).
Please join us in this urgently needed campaign.