I had one of those "Wha... OMG!... this cannot be!" moments a couple days ago when I stumbled onto a short video gem, a diamond in the rough by virtue of having only (+/-) 20,000 views. Two days later---it's been averaging 1,000 views/hour and now has nearly 100,000 views!
A quality animation and analysis from the smart folks at University of California Berkeley and The Blum Center for Developing Economies.
It's extraordinary improv art from The #GlobalPOV Project. Extraordinary in both its messaging and its artistic style combining critical social theory, improv art and digital media that explore innovative ways of thinking about poverty, inequality and undertaking poverty action.
It's worth every minute of it's 13 minute play time.
Summary and additional info about the video and the project below the squiggly.
It is time for America to reconsider who is dependent on welfare. Poverty is not only the lack of income and wealth but also the poverty of power. A key part of the poverty of power is to be defined as dependent: dependent on charity, handouts, welfare. Yet, it is the wealthy, not the poor, who are dependent on government subsidies.
To transform dependency into self-determination is the work of poor people's movements. To demonstrate the dependency of the wealthy on welfare as well as on the labor of the poor must be our collective work.
The #GlobalPOV Project is a program of the Global Poverty and Practice (GPP) Minor. Based at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, University of California, Berkeley, the GPP Minor creates new ways of thinking about poverty, inequality and undertaking poverty action.