Interview with Senator Roxanne Jones
QUESTION 7
PAUL STECKLER:

OK we're back. We were talking about 1966, actions in the 1967, a lot of things that have to do with economic issues, day to day issues. Some people would think this is a very different kind of movement than the kind of, sort of movement that people think of when they of the early 1960s Civil Rights Movement and that Dr. King was into in the early '60s. In what way was it different?

ROXANNE JONES:

Because we're talking economics here, we're talking about actual survival, people being able to eat. See you got to, you got to put your frame of mind into a frame where you are a mother left by a husband with two children. And now you're not used to that check even though he might have been a drunk, but he brought the money home, enough for your to try to survive. But you're dealing with a totally inadequate welfare check. And you have to think about the fact that you're in a grocery store market and you, you need to buy milk and juice for your kids, but you got to decide on one. And you got to put your frame of mind to the fact that you, your rent is due and you need oil or you need to pay your electric bill, you need to pay your gas bill, and you have to decide which one of these you can pay. And, and, and you have to sit yourself there so you can really understand. Being able to go sit and eat where you want to eat is fine if you have the money, but here you're talking about not having that money, trying to live on peanuts, so to speak, not even enough money to exist on. And you have to put yourself in that frame to understand the difference in the Civil Rights Movement and this aspect of, survival is what I'm talking about, survival.