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Jim Wallis on HuffPo Live: Poverty and the Shadow Convention
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 5:16pm | 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 - 11:05am | 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 - 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. ...

The Pages in the Book Go 'Flip, Flip, Flip'
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 11:05am | 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 - 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 ...

Sister Simone Campbell Visits Bill O'Reilly, Talks Budget
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 10:13am | 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 - 4:57pm | 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 - 4:12pm | Type: Press

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

Forbes Columnist Responds to Edelman Poverty Piece
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 11:22am | 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 - 11:21am | 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 - 11:20am | 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 - 12:19pm | 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 - 12:10pm | 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 - 12:12pm | 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 - 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 ...

'You Can Love Them:' A Child's Response to Homelessness
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 2:51pm | 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 - 11:21am | 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 - 2:45pm | 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 - 6:25pm | 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 - 2:04pm | 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 - 3:04pm | 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. ...

Living in Poverty in America's Poorest City
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

NPR report on the plight of the poorest in Reading, Pa. - the poorest city in the United States. NPR report on the plight of the poorest in Reading, PA - the poorest city ...

NYT: Struggling in the Suburbs
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

A New York Times op-ed this week examined the growing phenomenon of poverty in the suburbs. A New York Times op-ed this week examined the growing phenomenon of poverty in ...

Committing to End Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

It's time to stop ignoring the poor. Writing for The Huffington Post last Friday, Richard C. Leone asks: "So is a renewal of the war against poverty in ...

A Catholic Nun, A Teenage Girl, and Climate Justice
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Communities across the globe are being affected by the impacts of climate change, from food insecurity to extreme temperatures, but those with more resources are better able to adapt. Climate change is having ...

The Disease of Building Theology in the Theoretical
Originally Posted: 06/25/2012 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

May we not only learn from our brothers and sisters in third-world countries, may we allow their life and practice to inform the voice of the Church global as much our best books, sermons, and lectures. ...

Is Homeless Crackdown a Sign of Compassion Fatigue?
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City and more than 50 other cities have previously adopted some kind of anti-camping or anti-food-sharing laws, according to the National Law Center on ...

Does the budget need a dose of morals?
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Press

June 16, 2012 Sojo in the News Pasadena Sun ...

Why I Hate the Middle Class But Love Working Americans
Originally Posted: 06/15/2012 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

The Left is putting all its political capital into convincing Republicans to allow 98 percent of the Bush tax cuts to be extended, while arguing that people who make nearly 10 times as much as the average Amer ...

Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo to Teach at United Methodism's Wesley Seminary
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 3:48pm | Type: Press

June 14, 2012 Sojo in the News Kristin Rudolph ...

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. ...

David Barton: You’re Poor Because You Don’t Read the Bible
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

David Barton is known for his “out there” claims, but his most recent is a keeper. Those who wish the see the wall of separation between church and state burned down have a rather ...

After Wisconsin: Hallelujah Anyhow
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

Scott Walker has survived. Hallelujah anyhow. I say and say again: there are two responses to anything that happens in life—hallelujah and hallelujah anyhow. Those of us who suppo ...

Protecting Children From Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

Marian Wright Edelman and the Children's Defense Fund remind us in Protect Children Not Guns 2012 that 5,740 children and teens were killed by guns in 2008 and 2009. The e-ma ...

Are the Candidates Talking Enough About Poverty?
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

Plight of the 99 percent being ignored. Writing for The Huffington Post .  Jeffrey P. Colin argues: "With election campaigning in full swing now, many of the u ...

Why Education Matters More Than We Know
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

Improving education is key to addressing global poverty. For The Huffington Post ,  Robert Gallucci writes: Around the world, 35 million girls who should be in ...

A Decade After War, Sierra Leone Still Struggling to Find Peace
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

In the aftermath of former Liberian president, Charles Taylor's conviction for war crimes this week, author Greg Campbell writes for The Atlantic that the children of neighboring Sierra Leone still suffer ...

Bono to the G8: Transparency, 'We Won't Have Food Security Without It'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

"Crops need sunlight. So does resource extraction. Both need sunlight’s disinfecting glare," Bono told the G8 symposium on food security and agriculture. "Isn’t transparency the vaccine to preve ...

Grandiose Claims About God Poison the Common Good
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

The ugly political morass of 2012 isn't just Reaganism redux: It's not just another variation on the "trickle-down" delusion – make the rich rich enough and they will discover how to share ...

Tony Perkins Says Government "Crowding Out" Anti-Poverty Nonprofits
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council says government is wrong way to handle poverty. In a heated discussion with  MSNBC 's  Martin Bashir , Tony Perkins of the ...

Mother's Week: Undervaluing Women
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

For most of the other 364 days of the year, the lives of women and mothers are undervalued. There is a beautiful story that some Christians have learned to tell about motherhood. ...

Pentagon Gains as Billions Cut from Poverty Programs
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

From  Politico : American soldiers learned the hard way not to walk down enemy trails in Vietnam — and certainly not twice. But here come the House Republicans, marching into the sunlight by shifting billions from poverty programs to the Pent ...

Cornell West and Tavis Smiley on America's New Working Poor
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

From  Salon  yesterday: Last Friday, the U.S. Government announced that 7.2 percent of Americans in the labor force earn so little that they are living in poverty. Reuters noted that the percentage of the working poor is the highest in at lea ...

Paul Ryan's Budget Inspired by Ayn Rand, Not Jesus Christ
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 2:28pm | Type: Press

April 27, 2012 Sojo in the News Brad Bannon ...

Having the Sisters' Back
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 1:30pm | Type: SojoMail

April 26, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "For years, we dreamed ...

Polarizing Politics by Defending the Declaration
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 5:59pm | Type: Press

April 25, 2012 Sojo in the News Andrew Walker ...

Having the Sisters' Back
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 5:58pm | Type: Press

April 25, 2012 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...