Wesley Clark on Welfare & Poverty
NATO General; Democratic Candidate for President
It was a transitional area, formerly Italian and Jewish, becoming African American and Hispanic. I spent several weeks organizing beach trips, playing stickball, and refereeing local quarrels. It was a matter of treating everyone with respect and demanding the same respect in return.
When the local toughs catcalled from their cars, we asked them to join us. They found they had a lot in common with everyone else. And of course, they lost their intimidation factor, too, when it became clear that some of us could hit a stickball farther than any of them.
Wes Clark’s Turnaround Plan: Goal #4: Two million children lifted out of poverty by 2008
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