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Stars of Courage: Allan Law

At any given point in the day, someone in America's cities is reaching out to America's impoverished and its underclass with collected resources. Synagogues, churches, mosques, temples and non-profit groups of all sorts collect and purchased or donated food or prepare it themselves to distribute to people who can't regularly afford to eat.

I knew nothing of such things until I ended college. There's a bunch of reasons why I don't really vear from publishing and editing of some kind in work - my situation does lead to food insecurity at times but is still much more privileged than many people. I choose to frequent many charity feeds even when I can afford not to - it informs a project like Radical Second Things to see every day both the people that liberation theology is meant to speak of and the people who are making the "preferential option" real. For people who never encounter such organizations, the true value of them will remain invisible - for some organizations like Food Not Bombs, healthy, vegan food is made available daily even to middle class people for whom fast food would be the most likely alternative.

For those people, the forgotten and nameless that live on the streets of America's cities, the non-profits that feed them are the only thing keeping them from pulling food out of dumpsters or begging the whole day for something from McDonald's. They provide a semblance of dignity by reminding the poor that someone still remembers them.

For Allan Law, an awareness of this lead to a personal mission. After retiring from a decades long career in education, he made it his personal mission to feed the poor of Minneapolis. In one year, he reportedly distributed 520,000 sandwiches. Check it out:

Among expressions of gratitude, Law frequently says that he will do this the rest of his life. Men (and women, as many young women were shown involved in packing his food and clothes for distribution) like him are the living example of a "preferential option for the poor," affiliation with an established church or not. They are hope manifest.


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Michael Orion is a blogger, writer, artist and photographer based in the Bay Area. Besides his maintenance and promotion of Radical Second Things, he contributes to the San Francisco newspaper SF Western Edition, where he writes about local non-profit organizations.

Mark Cappetta is a practicing Catholic and active LGBT activist. He has been instrumental in keeping Radical Second Things and updates the Facebook account almost daily.

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Radical Second Things is a liberation theology themed blog that has clear cut goals - we see the structural decline of the United States and much of the west and hope to present alternatives that will offer "a preferential option for the poor" as more become vulnerable.

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