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Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. Afghan Taliban Bans Polio Vaccination Teams "Afghanistan is one of just three countries, along w ...

LETTER: How Can Congressman Justify Voting To Cut SNAP Program?
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 5:16pm | Type: Press

April 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Vaughn Baker ...

Fox News' 'Preferential Option for the Rich'
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

Fox News has dishonored the poor with their preferential option for the rich. I don’t typically watch much television. But when I can, I watch The Daily Show . Jon Stewart brin ...

The Genius Of Food Stamps
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 5:31pm | Type: Press

January 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Walter Ayres ...

A Minimum of Justice
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Chuck Collins The movement for a fair minimum wage is bubbling up all over. ON NOV. 5, 2013, the people of Se ...

What Kind of World Is This?
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Fifty years ago the Food Stamp Act was viewed not as charity, but rather as an ingenious utilization of American enterprise in order to help “build a better life for every American.” And it is genius. ...

The Justice of Eating
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Forty-nine million Americans live at risk of hunger. Any policies that create additional poverty among the working poor are reprehensible. It is unacceptable for lawmakers to take vital food stamp benefits awa ...

Faith-Based Hunger Games
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

In Mathew 25, not only does Christ proclaim that those who clothe, house, and feed the “least of these” are engaging in acts equivalent to directly aiding the Lord, he also preaches that those who refuse to ai ...

Sojo's Top 10 Blog Articles for 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of 2013 and found that these were the 10 most widely read Sojourner blog articles of the past year. Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of ...

Cuts to Food Stamps Flout Gospel Message
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

In his first Advent address, Pope Francis directed Christians to be guided by the “Magnificat,” Mary’s song of praise for the coming Christ child. She proclaims that God has “lifted up the lowly and filled the ...

My Journey Through Food Stamps
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Fear, anxiety, and secrecy marked the roughly year and a half I received federal food stamps. I tried never to let those around me see me using the food stamp card, and certainly wouldn’t have ever told my ext ...

The Budget and Your Neighbor
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

And today, 47 million low-income Americans will see their food stamps benefits decrease , as stimulus funding ends. In light of this newly named “war on the poor,” I’ve been reflecting on Jesus’ story of the G ...

Cutting Food Stamps is a Bad Way to Balance the Budget
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Many of us are blessed enough to not know what it is like to be hungry, to regularly miss meals, or to consume a diet void of essential nutrients for a healthy life. But now, millions of our brothers and siste ...

NASA's Earthbound Solutions
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Domestic space flight is an idea whose time has come. WITH THE HEAT of mid-year finally over—ju ...

Cutting Food Stamp Program Should Be Unimaginable
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 2:13pm | Type: Press

September 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Sandy Eisenberg Sasso ...

Jim Wallis Talks Food Stamps Recipients on Ed Show: 'You Must Not Know Them'
Originally Posted: 09/27/2013 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Last night, Jim Wallis appeared on "The Ed Show" to discuss why it's imperative to avoid cutting social programs like food stamps that feed millions of poor and hungry in our country. ...

My Mission: The Salad Bar
Originally Posted: 09/26/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

In a country where the public is encouraged to participate in government, I want to encourage people of faith to voice the heart of God when it comes to issues like feeding the least of these. ...

Pope Francis: We Need You in Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 09/26/2013 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

How do our politicians learn what their public service role ought to look like? They could listen to Pope Francis: “…. every man, every woman who has to take up the service of government, must ask themselves t ...

How House Republicans Are Preaching A False Gospel About Food Stamps
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 3:45pm | Type: Press

September 25, 2013 Sojo in the News Jack Jenkins ...

Smith: How Farm Aid Is Tied To Food Aid
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:35pm | Type: Press

September 20, 2013 Sojo in the News Rex Smith ...

Advocates Speak Out About SNAP
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Press

September 17, 2013 Sojo in the News Dave Lucas ...

Your Christian Hypocrisy Is Showing: On Pope Francis and the U.S. Congress
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

The message of Christ is not often so clearly presented in American media as it was yesterday, nor is that message as clearly contradicted in the same news cycle. The message of C ...

Meet the Republicans Who Voted to Slash $40 Billion from the Food Stamps Program
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

So, who voted for that $40 billion cut to the food stamps program, which would kick an estimated 4 million hungry people out of the program next year? Here's your list. Is your Congress member on it? ...

Weekly Wrap 9.20.13: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

Letter from a food stamps mom in the affluent suburbs ... Rethinking the rapey lyrics of Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' ... Why millennials don't trust the cops ... Talking sex with a marri ...

House Passes Billions in Cuts to Food Stamps Program
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 7:32am | Type: Blog

The House of Representatives on Thursday evening narrowly passed a plan that cuts about $40 million from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps program. ...

Just Picking On the Poor: The Facts and the Faces of Cutting SNAP
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

Politicians are not willing to go to where the real money is: the Pentagon budget, which everyone knows to be the most wasteful in government, or the myriad subsidies to corporations, including agribusiness su ...

Christian Leaders Ask House to Say ‘No’ to $40 Billion in New SNAP Cuts
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 1:23pm | Type: Press

September 18, 2013 Press Releases Christian leaders today urged membe ...

Is SNAP Congress’ New Hunger Games?
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

House leaders are proposing a massive cut to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), America’s frontrunner in combatting hunger. This new proposal consists of a $40 billion reduction in funding, and ...

10 Myths About the Food Stamp Program (That Thing Congress is Trying to Gut)
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

It turns out that it’s not easy to feed a family of four well — especially without great time and effort — on less than $20 a day. About a year ago, I wrote about my family pa ...

The Zimmerman Verdict and the Resurrection of the Old Jim Crow
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Three weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of its enforcement power. Last week the House GOP voted to eliminate 100 percent of funding for food stamps from the Farm Bill. As a result, ...

Hunger Games, U.S.A
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

The number of those who’ve benefitted from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has increased nearly seven percent from 8.7 in 2007 to 15.2 in its most recent study. ...

Farm Bill Passes House, Without Food Stamp Funding
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

For the first time in 50 years, the House of Representatives cut mention of food stamps from the Farm Bill, which passed the House yesterday. For the first time in 50 years, the ...

Casting the First Stone in the Senate
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Sen. David Vitter proposed an amendment that blocks any person who had ever committed a violent crime from receiving SNAP benefits for life. The Farm Bill might not sound like the ...

Senate Committee Passes $500 Billion Farm Bill
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

Tuesday the Senate Agriculture Committee passed a new five-year farm bill. The bill cuts subsidy payments and the food stamp program while expanding crop insurance. Tuesday the S ...

New Farm Bill Leans on Food Stamps
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

A new farm bill proposed by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas would save billions over the next ten years but also cut funding to food stamps. House Agriculture Com ...

Racial Politics
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis It is contrary to Christian values to use attacks on welfare to win white votes. RACE WAS THE issu ...

SNAP / Food Stamp Challenge, Day 4: Piatt FAIL
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

I don’t mind failing as much as I do admitting I’ve failed. And technically, we haven’t blown the SNAP Challenge just yet, but I know for a fact we will by the end of the week. I ...

SNAP / Food Stamp Challenge, Day 3: Slip-Ups
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

Maybe the serpent in the Garden of Eden story actually was a cute little girl in pigtails. Sure would have been more persuasive than some stupid talking snake. “We should go to a ...

SNAP / Food Stamp Challenge, Day 2: The Shelf
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

No organics. No lentils. No vegetable broth. I started feeling frustrated by the number of things I wanted that weren’t there. I was going to have to make another trip if I was going to complete my list. ...

SNAP/ Food Stamp Challenge, Day 1: Broke vs. Poor
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

I’ve been broke before, but I’ve never been what I’d consider to be “poor.” Broke is a short-term condition; poor is an inevitable way of life. “So what are food stamps anyway?” ...

Resources for SNAP Food Stamp Challenge
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 5:56pm | Type: Blog

Even if you’re not on public assistance and not planning to take part in the challenge, these are useful tools to help anyone on a budget plan for some good, nutritious meals. Aft ...

Planning for Poverty: The SNAP Challenge
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

Families receive $4 a day per family member to cover food costs, so the SNAP challenge is pretty simple (in theory, at least): Live on the same amount with your family for a week. ...

Lawmakers Highlight Tragedy of Food Assistance Cuts
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

In an op-ed for Politico, two Representatives highlight the recent cuts to food assistance programs, and the damaging effects they will have on the state of the nation.   In an ...

'As You Sow, So Shall You Reap'
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Gronski Will Congress cut food stamps, conservation, and the farmer safety net—or fail to pass a Farm Bill at all? ...

The Top 10 Stories of July 6, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

<p><b>Quote of the day.<br /> </b>&quot;It's been clear since the 1870s that the government needs a warrant to read postal mail. There's no good reason email should be tre ...

When Grandma Can’t Eat
Originally Posted: 06/12/2012 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

As Congress continues to wage a war of political ideology over budget cuts and entitlement programs, they need to remember that these abstract policy debates have real consequences for millions of Americans. ...

Congressman: Food Stamps 'Enslave' People
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

Over at Think Progress, Scott Keys reports on Rep. Allen West's latest comments. Over at  Think Progress ,  Scott Keys  reports on Rep. Allen West's latest comme ...

Ph.D. in One Hand, Food Stamps in the Other
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

The Huffington Post reports on the drastic rise in the number of people with advanced degrees who are also reliant on government welfare. The Huffington Post  reports on th ...

Making Better Use of Food Stamps
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

On the Politico opinion pages, Jason Ackerman examines how food assistance programs could be better utilized. On the  Politico  opinion pages,  Jason Ackerman  examines ho ...

'I'm on Food Stamps. Don't Hate Me For It."
Originally Posted: 03/20/2012 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

I am on food stamps. This will surprise almost everyone who knows me. I have hidden it from friends, from family, from classmates. I am on food stamps. This will surprise almost e ...