The Sunday Shows and Cable Networks are trembling with the outrage at the plight of the "poor" under-insured who are losing their crappy policies, and how Obama's "lie" about this is the greatest lie since Cain, or at least Bill Clinton.
But another story about the actual poor, passed with barely a ripple. On Friday, $5 billion in cuts to food stamps took effect, but as Media Matters points out, these are the food stamp cuts the media won't tell you about.
Therefore, this is an outrage of which few, other than we political junkies are aware. So here's a modest suggestion both to help some people, as well as raise awareness of the matter. Make a contribution (if you can afford it, of course) and then post a message like the following on whatever social media you use.
$5 billion cuts in food stamps went into effect on Friday because Congress failed to act. It would take 100,000,000 people contributing $50 to make up for that. In light of this, I've made an additional contribution to the NYC Food Bank.I'm posting this on Twitter, Facebook and a Linked in university discussion. I think it's a way to (a) encourage contributions; and (b) make people aware of this.
I am sure that most participants here already contribute generously to charities, but this is an emergency for many families, who will be losing, on average, 16 meals a month for family of three.
If it were to become viral, it might have a substantial effect.
(Except for places like Kos, I'd make it as apolitical as possible to encourage participation. For example, on the Linked in site, I omitted "because Congress failed to act.")