During this past week at the San Miguel Writers Conference, I have attended a myriad of workshops and gained insights that will improve my writing.
I’ve had the chance to meet writers from all over the world and learned from their experience.
My novel, The Woman Who Wanted the Moon, has been well-received and this encourages me to forge ahead with my next project.
The Conference’s social events have been a hoot, and the dinners with friends and colleagues have been delightful.
All of the above is reason enough to look forward to next year, but the conference has given me even more…
Many of the keynote speakers reminded us about the lack of social justice in our world. (Please do not stop reading, because this is important)
In prosperous North American nations there is a growing fear. It is getting harder and harder to maintain the lifestyle that the middle class has worked hard to achieve.
It is heartbreaking for those who counted on a secure and comfortable retirement to realize that the income they have is not going to be enough to meet even their basic needs. How are they to afford medical care and how can they remain in their own homes when taxes climb ever-higher?
Youth feel desperate because they can’t find gainful employment, let alone in their chosen fields. With the astronomical cost of housing and other essentials how will they be able to form families? And if they do take the bold step, they know that unless both parents work, they won’t make it financially. And if that’s the case, just who is going to raise their children?
More and more Canadian and US citizens conclude that illegal immigrants are strangling their own countries’ resources; they believe this group brings undesirable social elements into their own society and that this lowers the standard of living. In Europe the same concerns are running rampant.
We need to ask who promotes this idea. Who is benefited by keeping people on the right side of the border? Who builds walls and patrols the borders with armed personnel?
How did we come to accept that this is the way to protect our way of life? Why are we blaming a defenseless group of people who have left their homes because they need to feed their families? Just as we do…
If we have to point our fingers, maybe we should zero in on the ever-larger inefficient spending on both sides of the border and the profit margins expected by multinational corporations?
Yes, yes, yes… Sí, sí,sí… yet we feel powerless to stop them. We feel we have no voice.
But that is not true. The big business-oriented coalitions are organized and growing. Concerned citizens also need to stand up and be counted. And this starts with being informed.