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Let's Talk Poverty in the Debate
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 9:06pm | Type: Blog

In Wednesday's debate, how will the words that are said and the positions that are staked out affect the 46 million people in our country living in poverty? Tomorrow night is ...

Facing the Poverty Line – An Invitation to a Film Viewing
Originally Posted: 01/11/2013 - 4:56pm | Type: Press

September 28, 2012 Sojo in the News Bob Cornwall ...

Food Assistance: A Helping Hand or a Poker Chip?
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 8:57am | Type: Blog

Food assistance programs have been helping millions of people get through the recession. With poverty remaining at record high levels, we should be grateful that these resources are available to protect famili ...

Looking Poverty in the Eye
Originally Posted: 01/10/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Press

September 23, 2012 Sojo in the News Nation of Change ...

Poverty's Annoying Persistence
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

We need to get poverty back on the public agenda. In the richest country in the world, numbers that high should be seen as a moral crisis. It’s annoying, isn’t it, how American ...

Echoes of the Poor People's Campaign
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

What if MLK had lived to lead the Poor People's march? Would the United States be a place where 1 out of 5 children, around 15.5 million, are in poverty and where close to 50 million people are without he ...

America’s New “Separate and Unequal” Societies
Originally Posted: 01/10/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Press

September 20, 2012 Sojo in the News William E. Alberts ...

Poverty in America —It's not what you think.
Originally Posted: 01/10/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Press

September 18, 2012 Sojo in the News Disciples News Service ...

U.S. denominations urge candidates to respond to poverty
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 1:53pm | Type: Press

September 14, 2012 Sojo in the News Anglican Journal ...

We Asked; They Answered: Obama, Romney on Poverty
Originally Posted: 01/10/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Press

September 13, 2012 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

US church leaders invite presidential candidates to present policies on poverty
Originally Posted: 01/10/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Press

September 13, 2012 Sojo in the News Independent Catholic News ...

Churches have ‘prophetic duty’ to challenge poverty
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 3:56pm | Type: Press

August 31, 2012 Sojo in the News Christian Today ...

Obama, Romney Address Poverty in New Videos
Originally Posted: 01/10/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Press

September 13, 2012 Sojo in the News Napp Nazworth ...

Churches Call For Action On Poverty
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 1:55pm | Type: Press

September 13, 2012 Sojo in the News Jeanie Groh ...

Romney's strange poverty-reduction 'plan'
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 1:57pm | Type: Press

September 12, 2012 Sojo in the News Blake Zeff ...

What the presidential candidates say about poverty; Obama, Romney respond to Circle of Protection invitation
Originally Posted: 01/10/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Press

September 13, 2012 Sojo in the News National Council Of Churches ...

Obama, Romney Respond to New Poverty Data
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Press

September 12, 2012 Sojo in the News Elizabeth Dias ...

We Asked; They Answered: Obama, Romney on Poverty
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

We asked the candidates, what will you do to address the highest numbers of people in poverty in America in almost 50 years—numbers that we learned today are still growing? We believe these messages from the P ...

VIDEO: Obama, Romney Answer Faith Leaders' Call to Address Poverty in Election
Originally Posted: 09/14/2012 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

The Circle of Protection, comprised of Christian leaders from across the religious spectrum, today released President Barack Obama's and GOP nominee Mitt Romney's video responses to the call to addre ...

Poverty Rate Remains at Record Levels
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

2011 poverty report shows rate remains at 15 percent. The U.S. Census Bureau released its 2011 poverty report this morning, reporting that 46.2 million people were living in p ...

'Nun on the Bus' and the DNC
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 2:05am | Type: Blog

Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWERK, a Catholic social justice group, shares her perspective on the financial challenges facing the nation — and the conversation we should be having. ...

Watch 'The Line': The Most Important Film You'll See This Year
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

Matthew 25 doesn’t say, “As you have done to the middle class you have done to me." What it records Jesus saying is, “As you have done to the least of these, you have done to me.” ...

Education and the Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jan Resseger Julie Polter An advocate for public education argues that trying to make ...

'We Have a Long Way to Go'
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 12:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Jonathan Kozol Jonathan Kozol, author of Fire in the Ashes, talks about ...

The Politics of Poverty
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

In my mind, the poor are the ones being hijacked in all of this. Wealthy politicians from both major parties certainly are not arguing or creating policy from the viewpoint of Jesus. In fact, thinly veiled rel ...

Caring for the Poor is Government's Biblical Role
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

I want to suggest that what size the government should be is the wrong question. A more useful discussion would be about the purposes of government and whether ours is fulfilling them. So let's look at wh ...

Jim Wallis on HuffPo Live: Poverty and the Shadow Convention
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners' CEO, the Rev. Jim Wallis, was a guest on Arianna Huffington's new online news channel, HuffPo Live, today to talk about the face of poverty in this heated election season. ...

James and the Giant Book
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

In Roald Dahl's classic children's book James and the Giant Peach, 7-year-old orphan James Henry Trotter escapes his two rotten, abusive aunts by crawling into a giant peach. The peach rolls, floats, ...

SNAP / Food Stamp Challenge, Day 4: Piatt FAIL
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 3:35pm | 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 - 8:23am | 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 - 2:24pm | 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. ...

The Pages in the Book Go 'Flip, Flip, Flip'
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

According to the U.S. Department of Education, 70 percent of low-income fourth-grade students can't read at a basic level. I often wonder, "What can I do in my day-to-day work as a teacher to help?&q ...

SNAP/ Food Stamp Challenge, Day 1: Broke vs. Poor
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 2:12pm | 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 - 4:56pm | 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 ...

Sister Simone Campbell Visits Bill O'Reilly, Talks Budget
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 9:13am | Type: Blog

Sister Simone Campbell sat down with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly to discuss her organization's push for a faithful budget. Sister Simone Campbell sat down with Fox News ...

Christian Leaders Blast GOP Tax Bill
Originally Posted: 01/28/2013 - 3:57pm | Type: Press

August 2, 2012 Sojo in the News Chris Lisee ...

The Brotherhood of Man and the Politics of Dignity
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 3:12pm | Type: Press

July 30, 2012 Sojo in the News Robert Fuller ...

Forbes Columnist Responds to Edelman Poverty Piece
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

Writing in response to Peter Edelman's article on ending poverty in America, Tim Worstall counters. Writing in response to Peter Edelman's article on ending poverty in A ...

New York Times Columnist Asks: How Do We End Poverty?
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Peter Edelman writes on ending poverty. Peter Edelman writes for The New York Times : We have the ingredients. For one thing, the demographics of the electorate a ...

Is the End of Poverty in Sight?
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

The Associated Press reports on new analysis on global poverty. The Associated Press reports on new analysis on global poverty: Poverty across the planet will be virt ...

Alabama Needs to Put People Before Profits
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Living in poverty has always been a struggle, but in Alabama being poor could land you in prison. Living in poverty has always been a struggle, but in Alabama being poor could lan ...

Candidates Silent on Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

Earl Ofari Hutchinson examines the impact of poverty on American economy. Earl Ofari Hutchinson writes for The Huffington Post : The devastating impact of poverty ...

Kids Hit Hard By Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

USA Today reports on a new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, called Kids Count. USA Today reports on a new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, called Kids Count: ...

Working in Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 11:13am | 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 ...

'You Can Love Them:' A Child's Response to Homelessness
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

My wonderful second graders realized that we are responsible for each other, that love and care means making a way for children and families living in shelters, cars, and hotel rooms to have housing, food, clo ...

Class and War
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Chris Hedges has a fascinating piece for Salon on the betrayal of the most vulnerable by war. Chris Hedges has a fascinating piece for Salon on the betrayal of the mos ...

Tracking American Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

Interactive graphs with historical data on poverty. Ever wondered how the poverty rate has changed over the years?  And how that breaks down by various demographic categories? You ...

Cutting Assistance Programs Undermines the Church's Work
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

If we ignore the needy in our midst by getting rid of one huge way to address that need, we are not following Jesus’ example. On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee failed ...

Will the Real Ms. Middle Class Please Stand Up?
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

What if the Jesus followers being disingenuously propped up as middle class demanded that their legislators tell the truth? Back in the day, there was a television show called “To ...

Churches Can't Be the Primary Social Safety Net
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

Religion reporter Amy Sullivan has an interesting piece in The New Republic today on the politics surround the deep cuts to government food programs being proposed by the House Agriculture Committee. ...