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Mythbusters: The Truth About Immigrants and Assimilation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[</em><strong><em>Editor's Note: </em></strong><em>Myths and misinformation abound when it comes to the topic of immigration reform. ...

After the Spill, We Can't Forget the Gulf
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is hard to imagine that it's been six months since the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/bp-oil-spill/" target="_blank">BP oil spill</a> in the Gulf of Mexico. ...

The Global Church Must Hold Politicians Accountable
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One of the great things about <a href="http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010" target="_blank">Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization</a> in Cape Town, South Africa is ...

Dear Candidate: Talk About Your Goals
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> It's midterm election time. How are ...

Myths and Facts About Immigration Economics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note: </strong>Myths and misinformation abound when it comes to the topic of immigration reform. [ Editor's Note: Myths and ...

MLK and the "Progressive Hunter"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by st ...

Former Legislators Sound a Warning, Call for Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43063.html" target="_bl ...

Just a Few Days Left to Save Thousands of Children's Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

With just a few days effectively left in this session of Congress, as a grassroots organizer I feel like I'm in the middle of a political thriller, the movie preview for which would include that d ...

When Winning an Election Undermines Democracy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> Some days, I miss getting a physical copy ...

Stephen Colbert for the Least of These
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last week more than 500 people gathered in Washington, D.C. to lobby for the DREAM Act. Last week more than 500 people gathered in Washington, D.C. to lobby for the DREAM Act. We ...

This Election Season, Let's Focus on Truth and Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Let's try it. For the next six weeks before the election, let's ...

Our DREAMS Deferred, Our Hearts Emboldened
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Over the past five days, we've asked you and urged you to contact your senators in support of the DREAM Act -- legislation that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/dream/" target="_blank&q ...

George W. Bush Led on AIDS. Will Obama?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The world needs President Barack Obama to be a global leader on HIV/AIDS.</p> The world needs President Barack Obama to be a global leader on HIV/AIDS. It was not that l ...

Globalized Justice: A Promise to the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last month I was in a meeting of African bishops discussing the transformation of Africa when a speaker strayed from his specific topic and gave a list of details which outlined the impact of <a hr ...

Poverty is Not a Dirty Word
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Just a few years ago, I remember how often people would be surprised when I told them that one in six children lived in poverty in America. Just a few years ago, I remember how of ...

No One is "Illegal"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/15/no-one-is-illegal/"></a>Today is a day of hope for immigration reform. More than 500 immigration activists and faith leaders have gathere ...

Community Organizing: Changing Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note: </strong>In the current issue of </em>Sojourners<em> magazine, </em><em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine ...

Throwing Out the Enslaved Girl With the Bathwater
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

So far, Craigslist isn't explaining its dramatic decision last weekend to replace with the word "censored" its entire "adult services" section, a listing which activists and state atto ...

Non-Cooperation with Evil in the Streets of Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The clock nudged toward midnight on a cool Arizona summer evening. The clock nudged toward midnight on a cool Arizona summer evening. With monsoon moisture in the air and faint st ...

The Summer of Our Discontent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Remember January 2009? That month, the country witnessed the historic inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America. Remember January ...

Choices Make Changes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." <em>William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925)</em></p> ...

REEL Images of Immigration: The Visitor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/reel-images-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on im ...

A World Free of Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

August 6, 1945. It was a sunny morning in the city of more than 300,000 people. Some were on their way to work, children were playing in the streets. August 6, 1945. It was a s ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/06/friday-links-round-up-8/"></a>Anne Rice. Elena Kagan. Kanye West. Baseball. Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may h ...

How Much Are We Willing to Sacrifice to Have Cheap Gasoline?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes I think we forget whose country this is. Sometimes I think we forget whose country this is. Woody Guthrie said it a long time ago: "This land is your land, this lan ...

Wikileaking Afghanistan: Disaster Is Not a Good Thing, But Knowing About It Is
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100728-wikileaks.jpg"></a>It's out: An enormous trove of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/27/wikileaks-truth-tellers-and-a- ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Christian jerks. An oil spill in China. A chance to take action. Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> Christian jerks. An o ...

"CO2 is Green": More Big Oil Propaganda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> Big oil and big coal are worried about the upcoming climate change legislation. They're especially worried about what it will do to their b ...

The Oil Has Stopped, But How Can I Keep From Praying?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is with cautious optimism that I write these words: Apparently, oil has stopped flowing into the Gulf (at least from the spot where we had been watching <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spi ...

Follow the Money
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

That could be the conclusion of an op-ed piece in the <em>New York Times,</em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/15/opinion/15loewenstein.html?th&amp;emc=th">"Economi ...

Excuse Me, Senator Grassley, Did I Hear You Correctly?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Every so often I read something in print, and I think to myself, did he/she really say that? Every so often I read something in print, and I think to myself, did he/she really say ...

How Technology Fought Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A couple of months ago, the <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/">MetaFilter</a> weblog community came together to rescue a couple of young Russian women from the clutches of a <a href= ...

Why Bad Boundaries Don't Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Some authorities in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, are upset that they didn't get a permit to build rock dykes between barrier islands to keep the BP oil spill out of fragile estuaries. ...

Federal Government Sues Arizona Over Unjust Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In a rare move by any administration, the federal government has sued the state of Arizona over the most restrictive immigration law in the country, SB1070.</p> In a rare mo ...

Getting Past False Debates
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Barack Obama spoke on the moral issue of reforming a "broken and dangerous" <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/immigration-system/">immigration system</a>, i ...

Open Letter to Obama: 'Lives are at Stake'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Mr. President,</p> Dear Mr. President, In your brief time in office you have clearly not been one to shy away from tough challenges. And as you pointed out, immigra ...

Obama to Speak on Immigration Reform Today
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

President Obama is keeping hope alive for <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/comprehensive-immigration-reform/">comprehensive immigration reform legislation</a> this year. ...

Vandalism: A Dead-End Tactic at Toronto's G20
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

During Saturday's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/nonviolence/">nonviolent protest</a> of about 5,000 activists outside the conference center in downtown Toronto, where leaders of ...

Voices from the Gulf: Besieged by Depression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender"></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender">< ...

Wanted: A Strong Dose of Bipartisan Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"How good and pleasant it is when the people of God live together in unity" (Psalm 133:1). Yes, and how ugly it is when we don't. "How good and pleasant it is ...

Fatherhood: The Best Job in the World
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> Sometimes the most important things are not at the top of the news cycle -- even the things that ultimately make the most difference in the world. The c ...

Time for Some Angry Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'd say Barack Obama's long and often tenuous honeymoon with progressive Americans took what looks like a lethal blow in spring 2010. I'd say Barack Obama's lo ...

McChrystal vs. Obama: Battle of the 'Hard Hearts'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday U.S. top Afghanistan warrior General Stan McChrystal was very publicly called to the carpet in the Oval Office. Sources say his job is on the line. Yesterday U.S. top Af ...

Voices from the Gulf: Deep Sorrow in New Orleans
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p class="wackmsg_new_sender"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> Editor's note: This w ...

Finally, the U.S. Gets Graded on Its Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On Monday morning, the U.S. On Monday morning, the U.S. State Department released the Trafficking in Persons Report 2010 , the 10 th such assessment of international efforts ...

President Obama Cannot Please Everyone
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Commentary on President Obama's response to the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/bp/">BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico</a> says that he has not been tough enough on BP, that he ...

What's in a Name? Living in a "Rule of Law" City
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, the mayor of Costa Mesa -- where I live -- proposed and passed a proclamation declaring our city a "Rule of Law" city. It is not that we were in total anarchy before May. ...

Stop the Crippling of the Clean Air Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The brazen chutzpah of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">Big Oil </a>and Big Coal is amazing. The brazen chutzpah of Big Oil and Big Coal is ...

Wanted: A Pro-Family Immigration System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There's a wonderful family at my church who are from Rwanda. There's a wonderful family at my church who are from Rwanda. They have been granted asylum in the United Sta ...

Scope of Oil Spill and BP's Bungling Demand Greater Government Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last Friday, the <a href="http://www.equityandinclusion.org/">Equity and Inclusion Campaign</a> and <a href="http://www.oxfamamerica.org/">Oxfam America</a> hosted a ...