Stephen Wallace

Stephen Wallace

Stephen Wallace is an organizer in Southern Maryland. He is part of the Calvert County chapter of Maryland's Health is a Human Right Campaign. Graduating High School in 2010, he began a vigorous self-study period, frequenting the library. From 2010-12 he attended the College of Southern Maryland, and occasionally attending lectures at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a pupil of theology under a local priest, Ken Phelps, who is also involved in many social justice concerns.

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As everyone knows, modern society is at a crossroads. The corporate giants have cast a shadow on all of our actions and the implications are ominous. As the politicians and financial sectors of the world continue to steadily pull the citizenry under that shadow, the feelings of desperation and powerlessness fill our hearts. It is tempting to succumb to apathy. It always has been. So from where, then, will we find our strength?

Demonstrators parade down Broadway during a May Day march in New York, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Activists in New York City converged on Union Square before a march downtown towards City Hall as they protested for better working conditions, immigration reform and other social issues. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

On May 1st, 2013, I had the pleasure of marching with you from Union Square to City Hall in New York City. It was an honor, a privilege, to stand with you. The demands for the legalization of all undocumented citizens, education and healthcare for all, a future free of nuclear danger, an end to homelessness and the abolition of poverty were backed by a righteous strength and fearlessness that I have never seen in my life. It is truly admirable. We owe it to ourselves to celebrate.

Members of The United Workers and their supporters march through the streets of Baltimore. Photo source: www.nesri.org

An obstacle for the left is the difficulty in organizing due to the splintered causes. After all, what do LGBTQ rights have to do with immigration, or low wages, or Healthcare? I think the answer is human dignity. Those ideas—humanism, dignity, a life free from slavery, formal or mental—illuminate a common ground for the Left that has been splintered and muted. There are signs of a pulse of a larger Human Rights movement here in Maryland.

Dr. Margaret Flowers speaking about health-care reform. Photo source: newmexicoinfocus.org

In this audio interview, Indyreader contributor Stephen Wallace sat down with Dr. Margaret Flowers, a congressional fellow with Physicians for a National Health Program and a pediatrician based in Baltimore, about the problems with the U.S. healthcare system, including "Obamacare," and the need to switch to a "single-payer" system. Here, she explains what single-payer systems are, how they work, and what benefits they offer.

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“America is now in considerable part more a formal political democracy than a democratic social structure, and even the formal political mechanics are weak.”

- C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite, 1956

"Lonely Hearts" by Baltimore's Demi Lashawn.

The crisis of empathy is a great danger to the individual. It separates us from the pain that is felt universally. It stunts our ability to conceive of anything better in how we could live our lives. It is when we can tear down the fences that we build within ourselves, and undergo that transformation—from hostility to warmth, from suspicion to a welcoming embrace, from bitterness to tenderness—we find a power that cannot be taken from us.

The Crisis of Empathy
The Responsibility of the Student
Interview: Dr. Margaret Flowers on Single-Payer Healthcare
Human Rights: Reviving the American Left?
An Open Letter to the May Day Protesters
Gandhi, Constantin Stanislavski, and Protest