14th December, 2014
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE:
Dear Men and Women of Australia,
There are two photographs on this page, and they almost look like father and daughter. One is of a young woman, the other is of an elderly man.
The photograph of the woman was taken in the Great Depression of 1934. Her name was Florence Owens Thompson, a 32 year old mother of seven children who was sitting homeless in a tent. The photograph was published in the newspapers of America and it enraged the nation, because people could not believe that Americans could be treated in such a way. It forced President Roosevelt to act, to step up and become a leader for his times: he launched soup kitchens, work gangs, programs for the homeless, dams and roads and railways were built – and he gave his people hope. Continue reading