The Common Good

Religious Leaders Announce Comprehensive Radio Campaign to Protect Poor from Drastic Budget Cuts

Source: Sojourners
Date: July 27, 2011


July 26, 2011


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Campaign Criticizes Members of Congress That Disregard, Further Marginalize Poor Americans

Ads Cover Kentucky, Ohio, and Nevada, Target Key Legislators From Both Parties In Budget Negotiations

Media Initiative Enhances Current Campaign Surrounding Budget Cuts, Builds 'Circle of Protection'

Washington, DC, July 26, 2011 - Sojourners, the nation's largest network of Social Justice Christians announces a comprehensive ad buy focused on the budget negotiations and default crisis. Together with local pastors in key states and districts, Sojourners hosted a press call on Tuesday, July 26th at 11:00 am ET to announce the radio and Facebook ad buys, as well as ongoing organizing efforts. The call also featured local pastors from Kentucky, Ohio, and Nevada who shared insight surrounding the human impact of the looming budget cuts.

The radio and online ads come as an integral part of Sojourners' ongoing campaign surrounding default, budget discussions, and fiscal responsibility. Last week, representatives from the Circle of Protection, a non-partisan movement that insists that the poor should be protected not targeted in efforts to reduce long term deficits, met with President Obama to express their concerns.

Pastor Nan Erbaugh who lives in Speaker Boehner's district, stressed the importance of such programs by saying, "As a pastor, mother, and grandmother, it is imperative to stand together to protect those who are most vulnerable in our society and whose voices are seldom heard inside the Beltway. As Christians, there is no doubt that we are morally accountable to take care of the least of these--hungry children are the responsibility of each and every one of us. Congress is not making decisions about issues, but about people. I cannot be silent because I am my brother and sister's keeper.”

Lisa Sharon Harper, Sojourners' Director of Mobilizing, quoted Isaiah 10, saying it was relevant for today's debates. "Doom to you who legislate evil, who make laws that make victims. Laws that make misery for the poor, that rob my destitute people of dignity, exploiting defenseless widows, taking advantage of homeless children. What will you have to say on Judgment Day, when Doomsday arrives out of the blue? Who will you get to help you? What good will your money do you?”(The Message).

National religious leaders continue to push for equitable and just choices when considering the nation's fiscal responsibilities. They are reminding Congress and the political elite that the Christian community measures each budget policy from the bottom up, by how it treats the nation's most needy.

To highlight the impact of the default crisis, Pastor Tom Jelinek of Las Vegas adds, "It has been very frustrating to see the kind of posturing and game playing going on with our leaders, and I think most of them and most the folks here feel that if politicians could see what we see every day, if they could see how the people here are under great strain already, and how the impact of this default crisis would be a disaster for them, folks in Washington would be motivated to stand with us in advocacy for those are most vulnerable and for whom this default would be an absolute disaster.”

Sojourners, with the support from various national Christian leaders, has transformed the budget negotiations into a moral process. They continue to push for equity, justice, and compassion when considering cuts to social programs which sustain and aid the nation's poor, hungry, and outcast.

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To read the Circle of Protection statement, visit to view an open letter to the President, signed by nearly 5,000 local pastors, follow this link.