Being there for each other isn’t charity, it’s solidarity

Commentary | May 2, 2007 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

Rather than questioning the inequities of our society, public policy makers are apt to default to reinforcing social divides that cordon off government services for the poor, as in child-care subsidies, or the rich, as in government contracts for non-competitive bids for "disaster relief" services. Contrast charity to the idea of solidarity. Solidarity implies that we all are together in this society, sharing rights, responsibilities and opportunities.

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