Sometimes we must reflect on the nature of humanity and the conditions in which we live. St. Damien helps us to consider the greatness of our abilities in the face of extreme adversary. His example illuminates some of our greatest tragedies today: homelessness, disease and despair.
Have we created policies that criminalize the homeless just for being? Have our policies put the economics of the medical system before people? Have we sacrificed hope and instilled despair across our society?
All of these questions come to the fore when we take the wisdom of St. Damien's message for today. That is why the co-naming of 33rd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues in New York City is important. That is why our residents from Kalaupapa, their kokua and supporters traveled from Hawai'i to New York City. And that is why we passed SCR 165.
So let us consider these issues as we move ahead. If we can find a way to take care of our people without criminalizing them, without taking their dignity from them, and instilling hope, we will have remembered St. Damien's message to the world.
Read about these matters in the May 15 issue of our newsletter
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