"Is it that people are going hungry because of a shortage of food? No it is not. The reason people are going hungry is because of poverty. Then, all of a sudden, you’re on a different question. You’re not asking: why is there insufficient food, but it turns out to be, why are people poor?
And right there, you’re on a political question, and one that is far, far more difficult to answer. It involves asking questions about power, and about class, and about inequality and the persistent inequality in this country. And that’s a much harder question to ask than the question that’s about, ‘Well, is there enough food in America?’, to which clearly the answer is yes."
- Raj Patel, writer, activist, and academic on food politics and social ecology (via onceuponawildflower)
"This was a very new experience. I’ve been in several conflict zones: I was in the civil war regions in Georgia, the Gaza strip, illegally visited the Kaliningrad region when travel to the Soviet Union was still strictly prohibited for westerners, I’ve been in Iraq, Vietnam and in China, I’ve met Cuba dissidents. But to be arrested and yelled at and be rudely treated by police? For that I had to travel to Ferguson and St. Louis in the United States of America."
- German Journalist Ansgar Graw, arrested while covering unrest in Ferguson, Missouri  (via lowcarhighcarb)

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My battered heart will always be
where the ocean meets the sand, I
will break over and over

Every day. That is the best and
worst part of me.

- Clementine von Radics (via journalofanobody)