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Obama, Evangelicals To Make Immigration Top National Priority Following Fiscal Crisis Resolution
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 1:09pm | Type: Press

October 17, 2013 Sojo in the News Stoyan Zaimov ...

A Community of Strangers
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Stacy Martin Regardless of where we end up on immigration reform, Matthew 22 reminds us that no law can make us love our neighbor. ...

Immigration Reform Advocates Rally Outside House Buildings in D.C., Urging Members to Enact Reform
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, July 10 th , when most eyes were on the private GOP meeting where republicans gathered in the Capitol basement to strategize on immigration reform in the House, advocates were rallying outside House buildings to urge members to enact imm ...

Untying the Hands of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Molly M. Gill Mandatory minimum sentences are both irrational and unjust. THE UNITED STATES has more than 2.3 ...

French Jews Face Uncertain Future After Scandal
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

Amid a finance scandal that touched the heart of France’s Socialist government, a quieter drama played out this month as the country’s top rabbi resigned his post after admitting to plagiarism. ...

Pope Francis Calls Out the Church
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

Only a day into his papacy, and I’ve got to admit, Pope Francis has my attention. Only a day into his papacy, and I’ve got to admit, Pope Francis has my attention.  In an ed ...

Guns, Culture, and Sanity
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Not everything that's fun is a consitutionally protected right. I DON'T OWN any ...

Come With Me Into the Fields
Originally Posted: 06/04/2013 - 12:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick O'Neill In today's environment, there's little difference between farm labor organizing and immigration reform. ...

'But Why?'
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Karen Houppert Chasing Gideon. The New Press. TODAY, Greg Bright, 56, sits on the cement porch of his yellow ...

PACs Gone Wild
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman Big Money's corrupting influence on the elections is way out of hand. Here's how to fix it. ...

A Call to Conversion
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 9:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Sheldon C. Good Ex-offenders confront the for-profit prison industry. AS LARRY WATSON arrived by charter bus ...

Beyond 'Superman'
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 3:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Nicole Baker Fulgham Four traits of successful public school reform. I'VE BEEN INVOLVED in public educat ...

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 ...

Rotten to the Core
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 9:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman With political integrity drowning in big money, it's too late for small tweaks. The whole system needs a reboot. ...

A 'Buy-Partisan' Problem
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 2:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sen. John Marty If we want a democracy that represents the public interest, we'll need a system where politicians are no longer boug ...

A Backward Step for Democracy in Britain
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

House of Lords reform runs into trouble. Nicholas Watt writes for The Guardian :  "Nick Clegg's hopes of reforming the House of Lords, completing a journ ...

Our Dark Night
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

They say at some point in their lives great leaders experience a "dark night of the soul," or a period in life when your feet, knees, and face scrape and stick to the proverbial bottom. ...

Les Mis
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 7:44am | Type: Blog

I prefer my revolutions to be simple: A corrupt dictator/tyrant, an oppressed population, inspired reformers who risk their lives, calls for democracy, waves of marchers in the streets, background mus ...

A Democratic Egypt: Worker Justice and Civilian Rule
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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. ...

Choosing Between Ayn Rand and Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

Onkar Ghate presents a choice of competing moralities between Ayn Rand and Jesus. In one of the most-viewed articles on FoxNews.com several weeks ago, writer Onkar Ghate prese ...

Worship, Liturgy, and an Introduction to Poet Scott Kinder-Pyle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian pastor in Spokane, Washington, and the featured poet in <em>Sojourners</em>' July issue. Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian p ...

News Flash Paul Ryan: This is Mass Unemployment, Not a Siesta
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the past two years, the social safety net has helped more Americans than any time in a generation. So why are so many people trying to tear it to shreds?</p> In the past ...

A Grassroots Call to Tackle Corporate Tax Dodging
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Across the United States, there is a new movement emerging to dramatize the immorality of corporate tax dodging in the face of drastic budget cuts.</p> Across the United Sta ...

Give to Uncle Sam What is Uncle Sam's: Tax Season War Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.warresisters.org/sites/default/files/FY2012piechart-color.pdf" target="_blank"></a>Imagine what would happen if a massive popular movement of ordina ...

'Farewell Rob Bell' (Or, John Piper's Inferno)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100301-robbell.jpg"></a>"Farewell Rob Bell." With this three word tweet John Piper -- senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist church in ...

Indiana Immigration: Hoosier Neighbor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I love Indiana. I love driving through cornfields, playing Euchre, and getting swept up in basketball-mania. I love Indiana. I love driving through cornfields, playing Euchre, and ...

Why Are the Big Banks Still So Bad?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, Elizabeth Warren and the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau convened their first roundtable of religious leaders at the White House. Why does this matter? Yesterd ...

The Truth About the BP Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Ten months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and by now most of the nation has shifted its focus away from the gulf to more recent and pressing topics. Ten months ...

Jordan Follows Egypt's Lead
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The excitement in Cairo -- including the biggest crowd yet today in Tahrir Square -- has made it difficult to follow the development of protests elsewhere in the Arab world. The e ...

Do You Know if There's Blood in Your Phone?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Last summer's financial reform bill included something the world has long needed: a requirement that electronics manufacturers disclose whether their products include conflict minerals from Congo. ...

Can Muslims Follow the Biblical Christ and Still Be Muslim?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Lately, I've been hearing a lot about the "Insider Movement" which is what missionary experts refer to as <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/muslims/">Muslims</a> who love a ...

Cleaning Up the Toy Room (and Immigration)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Often when I ask my kids to clean the toy room, one of them will sit in the couch, arms crossed, and claim that she has already cleaned out all "her" toys, and the remaining ones are all her brothe ...

Bloody Sunday and Telling the Truth
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/16/an-astonishing-apology-in-the-house-of-commons/"></a>For 14 people in my homeland, northern Ireland -- a place whose divisions are so ful ...

Health Care and a New Imagination
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

About 25 years ago, the pastor of a relatively poor congregation had an accident and racked up a huge medical bill in the hospital. About 25 years ago, the pastor of a relatively ...

Fixing a Key Financial Reform Loophole
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When is a law not a (real) law? When there's zero penalty for breaking it. When is a law not a (real) law? When there's zero penalty for breaking it. There is a great de ...

Don't Let the Banks Buy Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In a frank admission a year ago, Senator Dick Durbin put it bluntly: "Frankly, the banks run this place." Perhaps they deserve to. After all, they pay enough for the privilege. ...

Video: Colbert Interviews Elizabeth Warren on Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Stephen Colbert does the second best interview in recent memory with economist, passionate advocate for consumer protection, and veteran Sunday school teacher Elizabeth Warren. Second best, that is, ...

A Neighborhood View of Consumer Financial Protection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As someone who lives in Cleveland -- which in some years is identified as the poorest city in the U.S. As someone who lives in Cleveland -- which in some years is identified as th ...

Images from White House Immigration Rally and Civil Disobedience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and 34 other immigration rights advocates were arrested during a demonstration at the White House on Saturday. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and 34 other i ...

Wall Street, Repent!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We are all familiar with the famous pop culture image of a street evangelist holding up a sign reading, "Repent, for the end is near!" But repentance is actually a fundamental religious theme, and ...

Goldman Sachs' Excremental Deals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

They were described using the first word on George Carlin's list of the seven words you cannot say on television. They were described using the first word on George Carlin� ...

Wall Street and the Crisis of Urban Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As an urban minister and a political professional, there have been two big news stories that I have followed with some level interest recently. As an urban minister and a politi ...

Regulating Wall Street's House-of-Cards Casino
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last month, the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1256905/American-architect-beats-record-creating-worlds-largest-house-cards.html">Guinness World Records folk ...

Why the Tea Party Movement Should be Anti-War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

What is the Tea Party position on war?</p> What is the Tea Party position on war? While we witness crowds gathering in the name of the Boston Tea Party protest against t ...

Tea Party Protests and Taxation Without Representation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Well, it looks like some folks are coming to the District of Columbia this April 15 to protest under the "tea party" banner. Well, it looks like some folks ar ...

Christians, Jews, and Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I have a high level of sensitivity toward Jews, of a never-ending sense to be protective of their religion As a Christian, I have a high level of sensitivity towa ...

The Sin of Usury
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Recently, on the <a href="http://faithandleadership.com/blog">Call &amp; Response blog</a>, <a href="http://faithandleadership.com/blog/02-22-2010/dan-rhodes-congreg ...

Health-Care Reform: Hallelujah and Hallelujah Anyhow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On Saturday when the House of Representatives passed the health-care reform bill and on Tuesday when President Obama signed it into law, many of us who have been advocating for health-care reform s ...

Excitement and Depression in the Potential for Change in Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

I have been reluctant to write about health care recently. I have been reluctant to write about health care recently. My 11-month-old son will be going in for major brain surg ...