Annabel Park

Korean-American Filmmaker, Political Activist
Director/Producer at Story Of America

birthdate: March 15
birthplace: Seoul, Korea          

Friends, if it matters to you, I think it is less important that we agree and more important that we learn to disagree with respect. Let's not expect to agree and get frustrated when it doesn't happen. Let's strive to hear each other out while bringing out the best in ourselves and others. I know it's difficult because I feel it everyday. But I also know it'll be good for us as individuals, for the organization, and the country. I invite you to strive with me and help shift our culture.

Let us be clear about our choice. When we raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, no one dies. When we cut Social Security and Medicare, people die.

Indeed we do have an entitlement problem: some feel so entitled to power & wealth that tehy're willing to undermine our economy and our democracy.

Could we stop the McCarthy-era hysteria about socialism, communism, and Marxism? The red scare propaganda needs to be discarded into the dustbin of history. Our greatest problem today is ruthless crony capitalism posing as freedom. Many of us are a paycheck or two away from poverty. Many of us are already in poverty with weekly paychecks. Let's try to get some perspective.

I don't think "income inequality" is the right phrase. Really, what's happening is impoverishment and political marginalization of the majority of people, and criminalization of the already impoverished. If we don't stand up now, soon enough, the majority of us will be criminalized. What is happening and has been happening to the black community will eventually happen to the majority. The writing is on the wall. In the game of musical chairs that is our political and economic system, the plutocrats will always have a seat and the rest of us will be out. The time is running out for us to put up an effective fight to dismantle plutocracy. If we don't build a massive movement and elect someone like FDR, we're in trouble.



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