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Add Sojourners, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration to the list of groups which, almost incomprehensibly, asked Obama to “move cautiously.”
With the U.S. Capitol in the background, crosses symbolizing grave markers are placed upon the National Mall in Washington April 11, 2013. The PICO National Network's Lifelines to Healing and Sojourners are holding a 24-hour vigil featuring a gathering of Newtown clergy and 3,300. grave markers to "remind Congress action is needed on gun violence prevention". The number 3,300 represents the supposed number of people who have died as a result of gun violence since the tragedy in Newtown.
In a new video released by an association of Christian leaders called the Circle of Protection, the candidate – who previously told us he’s “not concerned about the very poor,” because “we have a safety net there” – outlines his prescription for helping poor people by naming debt reduction as a key priority, and promising cuts to programs designed to help poor people.
Morristown, N.J.: As a person of faith, I believe the moral test of any society is how it treats its poor and most vulnerable. Our federal budget should reflect our values and priorities. We need programs that support health care, family nutrition, education and international aid that literally save lives. If Congress is serious about the deficit, then it should cut military spending and corporate subsidies to big business, end corporate tax loopholes and address long-term costs of health care and Social Security.