HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL – Feb. 13, 2017 – SHEROES & HEROES: ACTIVISTS
Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Assistant Director, Reiki Master, and Psychic Kali Meister
“When the rich think about the poor, they have poor ideas.” ~ Evita Peron
Eva “Evita” Peron, although a very popular woman with the lower class, the middle and upper classes opposed her greatly. They did not like that she was from the lower class. She once said, “Peron has a double personality and I need to have one also: I am Eva Peron,the wife of the president, whose work is simple and agreeable … and I am also Evita Peron, the wife of the leader of the people who have deposited in him all their faith, hope and love. A few days of the year I represent Eva Peron, most of the time, however, I am Evita.” Her relationship with the unions intensified, creating a foundation for her social work.
She helped the union workers get better wages, and cared for the needy. She saw herself as abridge between classes, but she had become much more than that.
She established an office where she would see people and try to help with their needs. She gave out subsidies for clinics for the poor and distributed food,clothes and household goods. When she was told of the unhealthy living conditions of the poor, she visited them and took charge of a plan to provide the residents with health care, and build new houses. She aimed for “direct social help” for jobs, medicine, housing and education.
Evita’s next monumental change took place in 1951 when she helped women win the right to vote. Evita brought intense feminism to Argentina, and through her efforts, many women entered, and were successful in, politics; in 1952, 23 women took the office of deputy, and six the office of senator.
Evita also created thousands of schools, including nurseries, sports programs and children’s hospitals. Her work for children came from her belief that “The country which forgets its children renounces its future.”
Today’s Action: If you had the power to change the world for the better without resistance what ideas would you implement? Would you be a superhero? What is your hero name? What does your super hero/(s)hero look like?
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