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VIDEO: John Oliver's Wealth Gap Rant
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Comedian John Oliver on how economic inequality is killing the American dream. John Oliver brough ...

The Rich Get Richer
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Ninety-five percent of all economic gains in the U.S. since the Great Recession went to the top 1 percent. What does our gro ...

COMMENTARY: On the Fourth, Setting Aside the 'I' for 'Us'
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

American democracy, however, isn’t a sluice diverting wealth into a few hands, though the wealthy never stop trying to treat it that way. The New York Knicks have a dilemma: Hold ...

Reframing Failure
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure. I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure. Not my failures, though I suspect we could come up with a few. No, I’ve thi ...

COMMENTARY: Power Elites Are Waging War on the Foundations of Democracy
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

The two most critical requirements for democracy are freedom of the press and an educated citizenry. The two most critical requirements for democracy are freedom of the press and ...

Exporting Democracy...
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. ...although maybe we should have kept a little for ourselves. FOR MORE THAN two centuries, the ...

Moneyed Speech
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman The Supreme Court continues to dismantle campaign finance reform. IN ITS SEEMINGLY endless ques ...

Lessons for Our Democracy from the Not-so-distant Past
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

As latter-day partisans fling terms like “dictator” and “Nazi,” I decided to read William Shirer’s classic book about the real thing. As latter-day partisans fling terms like “dic ...

The Supreme Court's Assault on Democracy
Originally Posted: 04/11/2014 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court has decided that people (individual human beings or corporations) have the right to donate to an unlimited number of political candidates — therefore removing the aggreg ...

A Parched Patch of Prejudice
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

Conservative Christians are claiming that their religious freedom requires free rein for legalized discrimination. Conservative Christians are claiming that their religious freedo ...

'A Man Who Has Done His Duty'
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

Nelson Mandela lived for and achieved democracy. What, we should ask ourselves, is our duty on earth? When he was asked how he would like to be remembered, former president Nelson ...

Democracy is a Marketplace of (Sometimes Obnoxious) Ideas
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

Time was when a determined minority vowed to change the nation’s collective mind about racial integration and the Vietnam War. Time was when a determined minority vowed to change ...

Khaipi
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Four questions for Khaipi. Bio: "Khaipi" (real name withheld) is a peace studies pr ...

Why I Love My Country
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

I don’t love when my country acts out of greed and only for power, or with blatant hypocrisy, or like an empire. The gospel has never lived easily with empire. What do I love ab ...

A Caution in Pursuing the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

As an African-American woman I enter the Common Good conversation cautiously because I know that in our society we have a habit of taking what is good for Western hegemony and making it the standard for everyo ...

Power and the Poor
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Wilkes The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. SmileyBooks THE RICH AND THE REST OF US i ...

Is Democratic Optimism Grounded in Reality?
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

President Obama rode a tide of optimism into the White House four years ago, only to watch his support erode after the reality didn’t live up to the speeches in many cases. But we wanted to hear it, and it wo ...

Survey: Syrian Rebels Seek Islamic Democracy
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Members of the Syrian opposition generally want a democratic government that protects the rights of minorities, though many also want a constitution based on Islam, according to a recent survey. ...

Voting Rights, Voting Wrongs
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 3:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Faye M. Anderson State voter-suppression measures go beyond ID laws. TODAY, THE RIGHT to vote is under assaul ...

A 'Buy-Partisan' Problem
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sen. John Marty If we want a democracy that represents the public interest, we'll need a system where politicians are no longer boug ...

Trade Agreements vs. Democracy
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Conrado Olivera and Jed Koball Lawsuits help corporations run roughshod over governments and the environment. ...

Stifling the Persian Spring
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Reza Aslan How U.S. and Israeli threats are undermining the democracy movement in Iran. WE IRANIANS ARE a cyn ...

'Do Not Grow Weary or Lose Heart'
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 1:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Vincent Harding Many people who were hopeful for change in the wake of Barack Obama's election have become disillusioned by the ranc ...

Egypt's Bumpy Road to Democracy
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

Initial results from Egypt’s first round of elections produced an unexpectedly large showing for Islamists. Initial results from Egypt’s first round of elections produced an un ...

Keystone XL Update: The Buck No Longer Stops Here
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 6:33pm | Type: Blog

President Obama said he’d make a decision on the Keystone pipeline after the election. The decision to not decide until later was a victory for environmental activists, as the pipeline would be a serious thre ...

The Feast of Christ the King
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

Christ threw in his lot entirely with those whom the doors of power shut out. He would talk with anyone, eat with everyone, and, in the end, died among the refuse of his people. He was a leader who led from be ...

The Afternoon News: Friday Nov. 11, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

An afternoon round up of news related to Sojourners commitments to social justice and the poor. A (usually) twice-daily round up of news related to Sojouners commitments to ...

Left, Right and Christ on Social Issues: #OccupyWallStreet
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: HuffPost Religion is running a series of posts by Sojourners' Director of Mobilizing Lisa Sharon Harper and D.C. Editor's Note: HuffP ...

In Case You Missed It: #OccupyWallStreet's Official Statement
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 4:55am | Type: Blog

On Sept. 30, the NYC General Assembly of #OccupyWallStreet -- organizers of the ongoing demonstrations in New York City's financial district against economic injustice that has spread to other cities acro ...

So, about those "Evangelicals..."
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 6:22pm | Type: Blog

Below is a compilation of recent media reports where the word "evangelical" is invoked. When you read these, evangelical brothers and sisters, do you recognize yourself in how the word is used and de ...

Separation (of Church and State) Anxiety
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Part of a university education is learning how to navigate the complicated and often competing value systems of different social groups. Part of a university education is le ...

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Stay the Execution of Troy Davis
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

UPDATE: 10:23 p.m. From Reuters and the Associated Press: U.S. SUPREME COURT REJECTS STAY OF EXECUTION FOR GEORGIA DEATH ROW INMATE IN HIGH-PROFILE CASE From Huffington Post: "DENIED" ...

Obama's Remembrance: 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spent Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, by visiting each of the attack sites in New York City, Washington, ...

Hurricanes, Hype, and Hope
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Did anyone else get the feeling, as we watched weather reporters wave their arms frantically in swirling motions across oversized maps of the eastern seaboard -- with their eyes bulging as they pus ...

Did the Libyan Uprising Have to be Violent?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Could nonviolent resistance have succeeded in Libya? Here are four points worth considering: Could nonviolent resistance have succeeded in Libya? Here are four points worth consid ...

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West's 'Poverty Tour'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West just wrapped up their 18-city "Poverty Tour." The aim of their trip, which traversed through Wisconsin, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and th ...

On Three Continents, Catholic Priests Challenge Vatican on Women's Ordination
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

More than 150 Roman Catholic priests in the United States have signed a statement in support of a fellow cleric Roy Bourgeois, who faces dismissal for participating in a ceremony ordaining a woman as ...

Let Us Be Clear: The Debt Ceiling Crisis is Purely Artificial
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

We have come to an impasse in the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling because of several conceptual errors in our public discourse. We have come to an impasse in the negotiatio ...

Who is Organizing the California Prison Hunger Strike?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2009 Amanda Slater | more info (via: Wylio)On the first day of this month, inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison, joined by inmates in other prisons around the state, began a hunger strike ...

Paid Leave: Why We Need Sabbath Rest for All
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

As I celebrated my freedom on Independence Day, I found myself considering the promise that my country boasts about: "liberty and justice for all." In particular I was struck by the many freedoms uni ...

Nakba Day Protests: Palestine's Arab Spring?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-Israel-April-2011/16441449_SnEeG#1236911459_74RXd" target="_blank"></a>The scenes were stunning: Hu ...

Newt Gingrich: A Catholic Running Against Islam?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and high-profile conservative intellectual, announced that he is officially in the running for the Republican nomination for president. New ...

Books, Films, and Studies on the Surprising Power of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/06/books-films-and-studies-on-the-surprising-power-of-nonviolence/" target="_blank"></a>At Sojourners, we have always been advocat ...

Is It Moral to Celebrate a Person's Death?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: This post was written in response to a question posed by T</em>he Washington Post's<em> On Faith blog editors: Is it moral to celebr ...

My Letter to the IRS: 'I Reserve the Right Not to Kill'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning act of grace and enemy-love in human history -- Jesus' death and resurrection. As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning a ...

Democrary in the Balance
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 4:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel The whole idea of democracy is that the setiments of our fellow citizens have power; we put ourselves in each other's han ...

How Should Christians Respond to Uprisings in the Arab World?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Egypt-Solidarity-Rally-in/15817757_mcbiZ#1180102181_Mup8Q" target="_blank"></a>After decades of repressio ...

The Hypocrisy of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The U.S. just started another war. We're good at starting wars. We're not good at ending them, but we start them really well. They say this is for "humanitarian" reasons. Aren't they ...

Seeking Peace and Dignity in Jordan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/16/seeking-peace-and-dignity-in-jordan/"></a>When I announced my plans to go to Jordan several weeks ago for a press trip, my son replied, & ...

Wisconsin Strengthens Ties Between Labor and Environment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Corporations have long used the false rhetoric of "jobs versus the environment" to pit what would be natural allies -- environmentalists and labor activists -- against one another. ...