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Sojourners Responds To Ryan Budget Video

Source: Sojourners
Date: March 20, 2012



March 20, 2012


Carrie Adams

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Releases alternative video articulated by local pastor

Washington DC, March 20, 2012 – In response to Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget ‘teaser’ video, America Deserves A Better Path,Sojourners today released its own video message, calling on legislators to tackle the economic crisis in a way that is fair to allAmericans.

The video, which mirrors the language used by House Budget Committee Chairman, Rep. Ryan (Rep-WI), reminds viewers that the budget is a moral document, and it is the responsibility of our elected officials to ensure that the deficit is not balanced on the backs of poor and vulnerable Americans.

In Sojourners’ response, Rev. Karen Brau, Senior Pastor of Luther Place Memorial Church, Washington DC warns that:

This coming debt crisis is the most predictable crisis we’ve ever had in this country because politicians in Congress are more concerned about loopholes and subsidies for their rich donors than they are about finding solutions to our countries challenges.

Rep. Ryan’s previous budgets have favored extensions to tax breaks for the very wealthy over funding programs that are proven to work in alleviating poverty in the United States. Fears that this year’s budget will include similar policies has mobilized church leaders to speak out. Rev. Brau continues:

This is why we are acting. This is why we are leading. This is why we are opposing any budget that doesn’t require shared sacrifice.

We can save this country, we can reduce the deficit and we don’t need to do it on the backs of poor and vulnerable people.

Luther Place Memorial Church has a long history of serving the poor. Over 25 years ago, the Sojourners community asked every local church to open their doors to the homeless population of Washington, DC; only Luther Place responded. Today, Sojourners and Luther Place are once again working on behalf of the voiceless of this country. And they hope that Congress will do the same.

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