Icon of the Day – Raj Patel

Yesterday I had a chance to attend the Profits and Losses filmmaker panel. I’m not going to lie here I thought this was another panel on indie distribution and surviving in a new media world. It wasn’t. Instead it was a discussion with directors, doctors, tax reform advocates and the “Rockstar of Social Justice” Raj Patel. I chose Raj out of all the speakers on this panel because of his enthusiasm and eloquence on the issue of poverty and hunger. I agree with Raj in his statement that there is enough food in the world to feed all the worlds hungry. I just imagine how one has hunger pangs after missing a meal and then multiply that by ten and extend that out over a period of years. Even more sadly, that kids suffer the most can only make one nauseous. Raj belief in the ability to not just define the problem but solve the world hunger crisis gives hope that humanity will save itself from its darker side of greed and violence. We are a long ways away from any true end to food inequality but with more people like Raj impacting the world there is at least hope that we as a society can harness our best intentions and bring at a minimum food to every man, woman and child on this planet.

Also while reading Raj’s blog I saw a great video he posted from the Daily Show about the terrifying nature of Newt Gingrich. I’m reposting here so others can see what life will be like if Newt Gingrich gets elected.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Newt Gingrich’s Poverty Code
www.thedailyshow.com
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