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A Spiritual Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Sunday evening the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization">Mobilization to End Poverty</a> will begin. Sunday evening the Mobilization to End Poverty ...

Equal Justice Under the Law: The Case for Cocaine Sentencing Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but an accurate weight is his delight. (Proverbs 11:1)</p> A false balance is an abomination to t ...

What President Obama's Budget Means for Poor People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

If a budget is a moral document, what should be said about the president's proposed budget for 2010? I focus here on what this budget proposal says about justice for poorer Americans.</p> ...

Video: The Easter Bunny Asks You to Rethink Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Did you have a good Easter weekend? If you were in Washington D.C. for the holiday, you may have noticed a different kind of Easter Bunny hanging around the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro. ...

Watch and Pray
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, before the budget vote, I talked with several senators on the phone as they were about to cast their vote. The ones I spoke to were friends, and I told them that I was praying for them. ...

Obama's Public Promise to Reform Immigration this Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Hundreds of faith leaders and immigrant advocates across the country visiting their members of Congress at home this week just got a huge boost from the Obama administration.</p> ...

Food Safety and Small Farm Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

HR 875 The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 has gotten considerable attention lately and that is a very good thing, people should be concerned about food safety and more specifically how their ...

Video: Documentary on the Failed Drug War in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In July 2007, Teresa Ortega stood solemnly in a field of wilting corn and pineapple crops in southern Colombia's farm land as tears streamed down her cheeks. In July 2007, Te ...

The Obama Budget's Promise and Peril
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>I've been asked for a few words about how the recession may affect poverty in the United St ...

A Crucial Time in the Fight Against Global Poverty and Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The realities of global poverty are very stark. The realities of global poverty are very stark. About a billion people around the world - one in six - are now considered chronical ...

Calling a Nation to its Best Values and Priorities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a <a href="http://www.so ...

$296 Billion, 22 Months
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

$296 billion is a lot of money. Twenty-two months is a long time. But that's not the cost of the most recent bailout and 22 months isn't a prediction of how long our economic crisis will last. ...

A Double Victory for Liberian Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, President Obama signed an executive order granting a <a title="http://www.startribune.com/local/north/41595947.html?page=1&amp;c=y" href="http://www.startribune.com/local/nort ...

Three Priorities for Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I have a confession to make. In the ninth year of the 21st century, and on my own 46th birthday, I may be the last activist left in America that has never penned a blog. I have a ...

Action Alert Victory: Department of Justice to Investigate Arizona Sheriff's Racial Profiling
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Action alerts make a difference. Our <a href="../2009/02/18/stop-sheriff-joe-arpaios-racial-profiling/">call for the Department of Justice to investigate Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio< ...

Reading Peace for Lent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I am a good person.</p> I am a good person. We make this declaration from time to time, usually when we have done something wrong or when we want to put distance between ...

An Involuntary Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> In 1956, a few hundred Catholic teachers and catechists gathered ...

Beating the F-22 Fighter Jet into a Ploughshare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p align="left">"People will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy." "People will judge you on what you can buil ...

Push, not Protest, for a Budget with Better Priorities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Several years ago over 100 of us were arrested for blocking a Capital building entrance and protesting tax cuts for the 5 percent wealthiest people and program cuts from WIC, food stamps, college a ...

Two Ways to Constrain the Casino Economy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Heads, Wall Street executives win; tails, the taxpayers lose. Th ...

Mobilization and Murder in our Nation's Capital
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>It's 8 p.m. and I'm exhausted.</p> <p>My six-month-old boy finally sto ...

How Advocacy Works
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Advocating for the poor is crucial in this time of recession, but maybe you're a little nervous about actually walking into your member of Congress' office, even after the great training yo ...

The Bipartisan Poverty Forum
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Through the partisan fistfight of the general election, in the midst of political posturing during the transition, and moving forward in spite of a Congress split down party lines, a bipartisan gro ...

Rare Repentance: John Lewis Receives Apology from Attacker
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.M2EP&amp;item=M2EP-bio-john-lewis"></a>I have been studying the civil rights movement for over a decade, and continue to ...

The Best Thing for the Economy, the Right Thing for the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> The economy and the nation are at a crossroads. Unemployment, po ...

Supporting the Poor Stimulates the Economy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Sadly, the debate around the economic recovery and stimulus pack ...

An Education in Border Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As I sat in the federal court room in Tucson witnessing the sentencing of over 60 people who had been caught crossing the border between the U.S. As I sat in the federal court roo ...

SCHIP: Finally, a Victory for Children's Healthcare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The 111<sup>th</sup> Congress is turning out to be a bit more exciting than the 110<sup>th</sup>, with members tackling tough issues with a vigor that was in short supply in 2008. ...

Jimmy Carter Interview: 'We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Former President Jimmy Carter just published a new book about the ongoing violent unrest in the Middle East titled, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1439140634?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=soj ...

Next Steps to Stop Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I'm grateful for President Obama's swift action to halt the use of torture by signing an executive order that requires the CIA to comply with the Army Field Manual, closes secret prisons, ends rend ...

Immigration Reform's Post-Election Potential
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Just a few months ago, Christian advocates of immigration reform believed that the political environment in the country would make it very difficult to make the legislative changes necessary to pro ...

Video: Jim Wallis in Inaugural Prayer Service at National Cathedral
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Today Jim Wallis participated in<span> the National Prayer Service to celebrate the inauguration of the 44<sup>th</sup> President of the United States. ...

Israeli-Occupied Territory on Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

A year ago I heard a Palestinian diplomat describe Capitol Hill as "Israeli-occupied territory" in a speech given at Georgetown University. A year ago I heard a Palestin ...

Automakers: Apology Accepted
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>This week <a href="http://www.autonews.com/assets/PDF/CA59166128.PDF">GM printed ...

A New Conversation on Abortion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In last evening's presidential debate, the first steps were taken toward a new national conversation about abortion. For too many years, the old one hadn't changed very much. ...

Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Aaron jumped back when he heard the words. He looked at me in disbelief. "Like, a real one? A born-again one?" he asked. Aaron jumped back when he heard the words. He ...

Repent, the End is Near!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>We are all familiar with the crazy-looking street preacher in some public square haranguing ever ...