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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 ...

Having the Sisters’ Back
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

After an official investigation, the Vatican seems pretty upset with the Catholic Sisters here in the United States. After an official investigation, the Vatican seems pretty upse ...

Poll Shows Christianity Good for the Poor, Bad for Sex
Originally Posted: 04/12/2012 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON -- Americans feel the "Christian faith" has a positive impact on help for the poor and raising children with good morals, according to a new poll , but it gets a bad rap on its impact on sexuality in society. In a new study co ...

A Mile in Your Shoes
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joel C. Hunter We need to build understanding as well as skills to break the cycle of poverty, because our obligation as Christians is no ...

Conservatism and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 5:27pm | Type: Press

March 28, 2012 Sojo in the News Peter Wehner ...

Media Coverage Of Evangelical Christians Ignores Blacks And Latinos
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 5:25pm | Type: Press

March 28, 2012 Sojo in the News Nadra Kareem Nittle ...

Poverty 101: A Poem
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

A note from the poet: Two years ago, our church opened its doors and began serving meals to our community. The immense and overwhelming feelings I felt scared me and so I penned them in this poem. Working with ...

Faith Leaders and Lawmaker Criticize House GOP Budget on Press Call
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 5:30pm | Type: Press

March 21, 2012 Sojo in the News Casey Schoeneberger ...

GOP Budget Proposal: Faith Leaders Say It Is 'Immoral' And 'Irresponsible'
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 5:30pm | Type: Press

March 21, 2012 Sojo in the News Annalisa Musarra ...

Restoring Dignity
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

A nonprofit in New York City founded by a young social worker leverages a network of resources to provide aftercare and safe housing for women who are victims of sex trafficking. ...

Ending Poverty in Our Time
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Hearing about the injustice and suffering in our world can be overwhelming. The problems seem so insurmountable. Is it really possible to make a difference? Hearing about the inju ...

We Take Requests: Bono's Address to the 2006 National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 03/10/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

You asked for it. So here it is — an oldie but a goodie: Bono's keynote address at the 2006 National Prayer Breakfast. You asked for it. So here it is — an oldie but a go ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 2, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

THE ATLANTIC: 'We Wish Like Hell We Had Never Bought': Voices From The Housing Crisis If you guessed that young people are staying out of the housing market, you'd be very right. They're low on jobs, high on student debt, and f ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 29, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/29/2012 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

REUTERS: GDP Revised Up To 3 Percent In Fourth-Quarter The economy grew a bit faster than initially thought in the fourth quarter on slightly firmer consumer and business spending, which could help to allay fears of a sharp slowdown in growth in e ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 24, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

REUTERS: More U.S. Kids Living In High-Poverty Areas: Study Years of economic setbacks have taken their toll on the nation's youngest residents, with another 1.6 million children living in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to one study th ...

Obama Birth Control Compromise Take 2
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 4:42pm | Type: Press

February 15, 2012 Sojo in the News Christine A. Scheller ...

Our obligation to care for war veterans
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 4:56pm | Type: Press

February 8, 2012 Sojo in the News Logan Mehl-Laituri ...

Mitt Romney, the Poor, and Women’s Breasts
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

“The poor will always be with you” — especially if you’re not poor — seems straightforward enough: Look around, people ! The poor (and their problems) are very much with us! Viewed through this kind of realpol ...

H.R. 1956…Shameless (Period)
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

In the name of “fiscal responsibility,” the Tea Party-led House GOP passed H.R. 1956, a bill that takes cash from the hands of America’s poorest working families in order to protect the richest of the rich. ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 2, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

POLITICO: Obama: Jesus Would Tax The Rich President Barack Obama tied his proposal to raise taxes on wealthy Americans to his faith on Thursday, telling leaders gathered for the National Prayer Breakfast that Jesus’ teachings have led him to that ...

Mitt Romney on the Poor, Safety Nets
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

From a PR perspective, this From a PR perspective, this is probably not good. But materially, this is the same pitch politicians have been making since Bill Clinton favored a middle class tax cut. Vanished is right. Nobod ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 1, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST: Searching For The Common Good In Political Discourse In a political campaign among contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, it is striking that one central Christian religious theme seems absent: the theme of the ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/31/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST/RNS: The End Of 'Compassionate Conservatism'? The Republican presidential candidates competing for the affections of Florida voters have plenty of labels with which to tar each other: Influence peddler. Failed politic ...

Must Watch: Richard Wilkinson's TED Talk
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart ...

I Continue to Fail “The Poor”
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

Once in a while, it feels like this work is hardly making a dent in the poverty juggernaut we’re fighting against. So sometimes it’s just easier to keep it at arms-length and focus on “the poor.” That may help ...

The Agricultural 99 Percent
Originally Posted: 01/20/2012 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

It was a record year for U.S. farmers in 2011, with farm income topping $100 billion. This includes sales of $22 billion in fruits and nuts and $21 billion in vegetables and melons — crops that rely on immigra ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

NPR: Evangelical Leaders Struggle To Crown A Candidate Rick Santorum was fresh off his surprise showing in the Iowa caucuses and fielding questions on a radio program, when a caller challenged the Republican presidential candidate on his overt rel ...

The needy and afflicted not to be forgotten nor lose hope
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Press

January 6, 2012 Sojo in the News Joel Mlay ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Lifting Up the Lowly
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:26am | Type: Blog

The fact that the manger was “lowly,” was no mistake. Swaddling clothes were not meant for new born king’s, and yet they were the perfect garment for the situation. An unwed virgin carrying God incarnate is no ...

Advent or Government Shutdown, Which Matters More?
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

There is, once again, a threat of a government shutdown. Congress, once again, can’t get along. Even the most basic decision making has stalled as each party postures for their base. But, it’s almost Christma ...

Righteous Indignation: Half of America is Poor
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, the television news program 60 Minutes told the story of homeless American families who live in their cars and vans. This is structural violence. This is a sin and a shame. ...

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Census Shows 1 In 2 People Are Poor Or Low-Income Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of America ...

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 CNN: Obama And The Politics Of Disappointment All politicians disappoint their supporters. It is a relentless truth in D.C. They ...

Catholic Bishops: Unemployment Benefits are Pro-Life
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a letter to Congress on Monday concerning unemployment benefits. Bishop Leonard Blaire of Toledo, Ohio, the letter's signatory, makes the argument ...

A Poem for Advent: "Living Sacrifices"
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

Empty stomachs moan. The .000258 percent hedge their bets against the common good. Living Sacrifices By Lisa Sharon Harper   The 99 percent offers work and wealth ...

A Life of Spiritual Adventure
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 4:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rosalie Riegle Dorothy Day's deep love of God and her unwavering ability to see God in those the world shuns. ...

"Lord, when did we see you hungry?": The 2012 Hunger Report
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

Bread for the World has many recommendations in the 2012 Hunger Report, but I’d like to highlight just one for now: “Farm policies should lean more towards the production of healthy foods.” ...