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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 ...

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. WATCH: Powerful Ad Shows What A Little Girl Hears When You Tell Her She's Pretty “A new Verizon ...

Back from the Brink
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Emily Nielsen Jones When the economic floor drops for everyone, it drops even lower for women. THE PHRASE “PO ...

Faith Leaders Support Hike In Minimum Wage
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Press

May 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

A More Just Minimum Wage
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Our faith teaches us that when prosperity is not shared by all, we all become poor; that when laborers are treated by the powerful as an expendable resource, instead of as co-equal humans with dignity, we have ...

A Valentine's Day Story: $2.13 an Hour
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

There is a group of waged workers that is often overlooked in this debate: tipped workers. They are subject to the “tipped minimum wage” — $2.13 an hour. In fact, it has been 22 years since Congress raised the ...

MAP: Does Your State Pay a Fair Wage?
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:03pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors As the federal minimum wage stagnates at $7.25 an hour, many states have taken the lead to raise wages on their own. Where do ...

COMMENTARY: An Executive Order with Moral Authority
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 6:21pm | Type: Blog

Many of us believe skyrocketing income inequality is the most important economic, political, and moral issue confronting our nation. Everyone from members of Congress to Pope Francis has called for action — an ...

Weekly Roundup: Dear Departed, Poverty Persists, And Surviving The Deep Freeze
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 11:01am | Type: Press

January 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Scott Alessi ...

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 ...

In the War on Poverty, Women Need a Boost
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

A recent report on the needs of women in the economy revealed that one of every three women in America is living in poverty or is on the brink of poverty. Sojourners campaigns ass ...

5 Myths About Minimum Wage
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

Here are five commonly perpetuated myths about minimum wage. Hopefully, their exploration will shed a more accurate light on this contested issue. It’s a new year, and Congress is ...

On Scripture: The Ballad of Sour Grapes
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Within the current reconfigurations taking place in the U.S. economy, the new modes of production continue to privilege those like the CEOs of fast-food companies. Yet, as Isaiah’s ballad reminds us, these wid ...

Mothers, Families Tell Struggles of Living on Minimum Wage
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Jane works at a homeless shelter in Atlanta, which pays a little more than her previous minimum wage job. Her lights have been turned off four times in the past year, and she has had to rely on friends and a s ...

Working in Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

Tuesday was the third anniversary of the last time the federal minimum wage was increased. Employee rights activists Mary Kay Henry and Christine L. Owens write for CN ...

Dollars By the Gallon
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

How long does it take wage earners to earn a gallon of milk? You probably have a gallon of milk in your fridge.  It might be fat free, soy, or maybe even 1 percent. Most o ...

Time to Raise Minimum Wage?
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

Over at The Atlantic, Jordan Weissmann asks whether it is time to raise the minimum wage. Over at  The Atlantic , Jordan Weissmann  asks whether it is time to raise the minim ...

The Afternoon News: Thursday Nov. 10, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/10/2011 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

A (usually) twice-daily round up of top news related to Sojourners' commitments to social justice and the poor. A (usually) twice-daily round up of top news related to Sojo ...

What We Need to Do to Cut Poverty in Half in 10 Years
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Top 10 Findings from Half in Ten's Inaugural Report Tracking Our Progress Reducing Poverty: Where We Are Today and What We Need to Do to Cut Poverty in Half in 10 Years T ...

Why Can't Americans Work the Fields?
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:58am | Type: Blog

How ironic that for all the protests going on about unemployment these days there is a parallel, if less shrill, debate happening in our agricultural sector involving what to do about a shortage of wo ...

Walmart's New Urban Strategy Comes With a Lousy Track Record
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Walmart has launched a charm offensive as part of its new urban strategy to impose smaller versions of its big box in inner cities across the country. It has proposed four stores for Washington, D.C. ...

A Democratic Egypt: Worker Justice and Civilian Rule
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

After months of good-faith reforms and patience, the drama is back in Egypt's Tahrir Square as protesters are preparing for a potential showdown with the state's military rule. ...

Meet the Martinezes: One Family's Reach For the American Dream
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the [Lord], is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."</em> (James 1:27)& ...

Moral Measure of a Tax Plan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it further concentrate wealth and power in the hands of a few? In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it ...

Justice for Farmworkers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/food-and-faith/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editors' Note: This m ...

New York Domestic Workers Call for Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last spring while eating lunch I noticed a <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/workers/">domestic worker</a> poring over piles of Christian books. Last spring ...

What Catholics Can Teach Glenn Beck About Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/24/what-catholics-can-teach-glenn-beck-about-social-justice/"></a>While it's generally not worth spilling any ink over Glenn Beck, his ...

The Contentious Issue of 'Selective Conscientious Objection'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/02/09/encouraging-informed-freedom-of-conscience-on-questions-of-war/">As I have been talking about</a> the <a href="http://www.conscienceinwar. ...

What Do Health-Care Reform, the 40-Hour Work Week, Unemployment Insurance, the Minimum Wage, etc., Have in Common?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Well, they were all brought to you be political progressives, they were all opposed by political conservatives, and they all are now viewed as fundamental presuppositions of a healthy society by vi ...

Labor Sunday: What Can We Do to Honor Workers?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>To work is to pray.</p> <p>It's a Latin phrase that the Order of St. Benedict adopted as its motto.</p> <p>St. Benedict, the founder of the order, recognized the sacred va ...

Listen!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A just-released study of low-wage workers in the U.S. A just-released study of low-wage workers in the U.S. has found that an appalling 68% were forced to work extra unpaid ...

Celebrating the Minimum Wage Increase
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

People of faith can celebrate today as the federal minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. People of faith can celebrate today as the federal minimum wage increases fr ...

What President Obama's Budget Means for Poor People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | 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> ...

Working for a Living
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jonathan Mendez In January, the new Democratic House passed a clean m ...

Maximizing the Minimum
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Dr. Paul Sherry A job should keep you out of poverty, not keep you in it. The 2006 election, in which voters a ...

Making a Living
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

James Ferguson The federal minimum wage was last raised in 1997 to its current level of $5.15 an hour. There are now 20 states that have r ...

A Year of Living Dangerously
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Hulteen Definitional books come around about once a decade. Definitional books come around about once a ...