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“What’s happening? Is everyone OK?”

Bombs of benign neglect falling on all our cities — including yours

Destruction arrives in many ways

When we think of war we often think of bombs and explosions. We have seen lots of movies, cartoons, and games that often use bombing as a theme. On 9/11 I saw the result of bombing done by passenger flights. I was on the sidewalk in Manhattan. I know the horror of such destruction. I will never forget watching, from Hudson River Park, the two towers fall down. A group of us standing in shock spontaneously burst into tears.

There’s disaster. Then there’s this.

There are other types of destruction most of the middle class never see, except in a film or TV show. There are no newsworthy explosions but there are casualties. Lives have been destroyed for many decades but the harm is invisible to most of the privileged.

Just to be clear

We do elect leaders to handle this, right? And we do know that it’s our local leaders–our mayors, city councilors and county commissioners–who decide if vital resources are easily available or not.

Be the opposite of benign neglect

If you’re not OK with your city leaders ignoring health disparities and a long list of social injustices, you can be the change agent that creates the opposite of benign neglect. According to one definition that would be called kindness.

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Please excuse any typos as I construct an article at 3am on only one cup of Joe. These stories are mine and mine alone. I do not represent any organization here. If one of my illustrations looks like a real human or three-headed hydra, that’s total coincidence. Words and images ©Dominic Cappello but share with everyone you know. Questions? The Plan Forward awaits you here: www.tenvitalservices.org

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A NY Times bestselling author, social justice activist, Oprah guest, co-author of Attack of the Three-Headed Hydras, 100% Community and Anna, Age Eight.

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