Ask Jesse Episode 26: Poverty & War

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Show Notes by Victoria Lynn Hall

A few years ago I was out in my garage searching for a tool when a man abruptly appeared in the doorway. After he apologized for startling me, he introduced himself as a life insurance agent and then began his pitch by saying, “I want to talk to you about cancer and heart disease.”

“I’d really rather you didn’t.” I said pointedly and he went on his way.

I find myself having a lot more empathy for that man these days as I try to interest people in becoming more aware of realities like the ones Jesse and I discuss in this “Poverty & War” Episode.

Some days it can be really discouraging that I put so much effort into things that not a lot of people seem to want to care about. In fact, if this were a business venture I might think about packing it in and focusing on something way more marketable but it is not something I do for profit or for any other personal gain other than my own sense of purpose. It is something I do in the hopes of amplifying the voices and stories that deserve to be heard and connecting people around our common humanity. So I will just keep on trying.

In that vein, I want to share the following Veteran’s Day tweets of stories I think are important to hear, beginning with the two I read at the top of this episode. I encourage you to click through and read the replies and possibly reply to them with your own story:

In this episode I mentioned the following article written by Sarah Lazare for In These Times: One Third of Biden’s Pentagon Transition Team Hails From Organizations Financed by the Weapons Industry

The source for the heartbreaking suicide statistics for active-duty service members and veterans that Jesse spoke of is this New York Times piece: Suicide Has Been Deadlier Than Combat for the Military

Jesse also made reference to the people who have been displaced by our wars which is covered in this article: At Least 37 Million People Have Been Displaced by America’s War on Terror

I also recommend listening to Jesse’s solo podcast about What We’re Told To Forget about our past and future leaders.

If you have not seen this short film by The Empire Files on Afghanistan, we highly recommend it:

Jesse also recommends this video of Anya Parampil interviewing Oliver Stone about how serving in Vietnam shaped his thinking (among other topics):

Watch/listen to our full episode below or on YouTube where you can subscribe to all of our video content. We would also like to thank Kim D. for contributing her fabulous song, “Corporation Coup” for use as a theme for our videos, you can find the full recording of this song at:

Jesse Crall

A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.

A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.

Published by amplifireproject

Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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