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A Two Step Program for Reforming Wall Street's Gambling Addicts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Notwithstanding President Obama's denunciation ...

Creating Change in the Midst of Crisis: Re-thinking Our Values
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> In past years at Davos, I often found myself in ear ...

A New Direction for Juvenile Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. ...

Health-Care Magic
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While talking with George Stephanopolous on <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/"><em>Good Morning America</em></a> yesterday, Republican National Committee chair Michael Steel ...

Immigration: Drama and First Drafts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

"Why do you have to be so dramatic?" I thought as I rolled my eyes. "Why do you have to be so dramatic?" I thought as I rolled my eyes. The speaker was tellin ...

More Haitian History and Perspective on Pat Robertson and the 'Pact with the Devil'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Like many of you, my first reaction when hearing <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/14/the-televangelist-and-the-archbishop-contrasting-christian-responses-to-haitis-tragedy/">Pat Robertson& ...

When Money Gets Messy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I've been thinking a lot about money, specific ...

Wise Local Living -- Without Leaving
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Last year I borrowed a copy of Doug Fine's book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0812977890?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creat ...

Congressman Luis Gutierrez Introduces a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The room was hot and stifling and overcrowded, but the excitement was palpable as people gathered to witness the introduction of a new comprehensive immigration reform bill. I barely managed to squeez ...

The Advent Yearning of Families Separated by a Broken System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

This Advent, the Church's cry of deep longing and anticipation for her bridegroom strikes a chord straight through my own life. This Advent, the Church's cry of deep lon ...

Irrational Exuberance? You Got That Right!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Of all the Delphic utterances of Alan Greenspan ove ...

Cap-and-Trade's Bubble Trouble
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> There's a lot of debate, in Copenhagen and els ...

Nigerian Anti-Corruption Activists Demand: Let the Sun Shine in
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Part 2 of an interview with David Ugolor, head of the <a href="http://www.aneej.org/">African Network for Environment and Economic Justice</a>.</p> Par ...

Faith, Hope, and the Advent of Health-care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches us to "give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (I Thessalonians 5:18). Biblical wisdom teaches us t ...

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Speech and Just Peace Theory
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

If all we notice in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/11/world/europe/11prexy.text.html">President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture</a> is a justification of war, we will miss ...

Huckabee Got it Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Mike Huckabee is done as a presidential contender. That's the word on the street. Mike Huckabee is done as a presidential contender. That's the word on the street. Wh ...

Advent: Hope for Immigrants Too
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Last year at Christmastime one of my neighbors was deported. The next day his mother showed up to volunteer as a gift wrapper at our annual community Christmas Store. Last year at ...

Vulture Funds Feed on the Global Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>Liberia is the most recent country to fall into the talons of a "vulture fund. ...

Attacking Our Mental Programming on Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'll tell you up front -- I'm going to talk about race. I know some are tired of hearing about it, and I think that's mainly because we've been hearing about it in the same ways for so long ...

Three Ways to Remind Hospitals Why They Exist
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What to do as a Christian when presented with an injustice? I missed. What to do as a Christian when presented with an injustice? I missed. After sharing my story about how outr ...

Death on the Border: Who's the Criminal Here?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As a community of faith and conscience in Southern Arizona, we have seen more than a decade of deadly border enforcement, free trade, and immigration policies destroying habitat and home for many. ...

In My Community: Equal at Birth, but Incarcerated at Adulthood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dane County, Wisconsin, is an amazing community for African-American babies to be born into. It is a horrible community in which to live if you are an adult African-American male. ...

'The Three Most Important Issues'?: What the Manhattan Declaration Gets Wrong
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/24/affirming-the-footnotes-what-the-manhattan-declaration-gets-right/">As I said in my previous post</a>, I can find things to applaud in the recent ...

Human Trafficking, Justice, and CSI
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've gotten used to popular TV shows going the after-school special route and highlighting some issue or another. Granted, it boosts their ratings, but it also brings attention to issues that ne ...

A Tale of Two Hospitals: How Sugar Water Helps Make Christmas Sad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This year we were planning to see my folks for Christmas. It won't happen. This year we were planning to see my folks for Christmas. It won't happen. The bills for our ...

The Locavore's Dilemma: What We Eat is More Than Just a Personal Choice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm a cradle vegetarian. Didn't have even a bite of meat -- red or white, fish or fowl -- until I was maybe eleven years old, and then I lost my dietary virginity to a hot dog. ...

How to Stop the Next Food Crisis (It's Easier than You Think)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Here's what the news stories aren't telling you about the bill Senator Dodd brought out yesterday: it could spell life or death for <a title="http://stopgamblingonhunger.com/" href=" ...

The Health-Care Roller Coaster Rolls On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We continue the roller coaster ride that we hope will end with universal or near universal coverage for health care in the United States. We continue the roller coaster ride that ...

Penny Per Pound Is Gaining Ground: Join the Call for Tomato Worker Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ciw-online.org"></a>Romeo Ramirez knows a thing or two about abuse. Ramirez became a spokesperson for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) in the mid  ...

Without Health-Care Reform, the Customer Is Always Wrong
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>From my up-close-and-personal perspective as a cancer survivor, I couldn't agree more with <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/19/evil-insurance-company-or-evil-health-care-system/&qu ...

Evil Insurance Company or Evil Health-Care System?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A friend sent me a link to a <em>Washington Times</em> article, <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/oct/14/ny-insurance-company-tries-to-rid-itself-of-high-c/">"I ...

'You Shall Not Oppress an Immigrant'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>These remarks were presented on October 13, 2009 at a press conference in Aurora, CO urging Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) to take a public stand in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. ...

The Church-State Debate: Biblical Insiders and Outsiders
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A frequently asked question these days relates to the role of the church in civic society. A frequently asked question these days relates to the role of the church in civic societ ...

A Moral Mandate for Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

After all the financial turmoil that 2009 has already brought, one would think that it would somehow be logical and practical to bring accountable reforms to the same banking institutions whose re ...

Running the Green Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For the past week, I've been inspired as I've watched (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/DOESolarDecathlon">online</a>) houses being erected along the National Mall. The U.S. ...

Smashing Economic Idols
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So I've been having a few interesting conversations about my book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830836284?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp= ...

How Our Health-Care System Wrecks People Who Play by the Rules
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. This course was set due to illness w ...

Listening to Poor People 'Offstage'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to explain much of what he sees on the news or reads about in the local paper. I have a neighbor who has a little maxim he uses to ...

Five Benefits of Common Security Clubs' Economic Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this year, I wrote <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0902&amp;article=we-re-in-this-together">an article in <em>Sojourners</em ...

The Financial Barriers to Legal Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The <em><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-immig24-2009sep24,0,1871688.story">Los Angeles Times</a></em> reported last week that the United States Citizenship an ...

Health Care, Race, and the Role of Government
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was recently talking with a European-American friend of mine who is also an evangelical. I am African-American and evangelical. I was recently talking with a European-American f ...

Proclaiming Jubilee in the Midst of Foreclosures
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My 1.5 year old son Jonas broke his first law last month. My 1.5 year old son Jonas broke his first law last month. He and I were both guilty of trespassing, but a passerby would ...

'Loving Thy Neighbor': People of Faith Speak Out against Unjust Immigration Laws
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A recent Center for American Progress report, <a title="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_thy_neighbor.html" href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_t ...

'Indecent' Clothing and Abusive Control
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Over the past couple of months, I've followed the unfolding story of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/world/africa/07sudan.html" target="_blank">Lubna Hussein</a> ...

Glenn Beck and My Granddaughter
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sojourners received this letter in response to our action alert last week calling for <a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/healthcare_beck/?source=act_0909_beck_bc">your letters and pr ...

Pray for Glenn Beck
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/healthcare_beck/?source=act_0909_beck_bc"></a><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/healthcare_beck/?source=act_0909_beck_bc"> ...

Government-Run Health Plans and the 'American Way of Life'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Tea-totaling party animals are crying the mantra of the Ghosts of Conservatives-past, "Blankety blank blank will change our American way of life!" Now all the president's men and women -- especi ...

The Notorious I.B.G.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>The New York Times</em> <a title="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/12/business/12change.html?pagewanted=1&amp;hp" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/12/business/12change.h ...

Big Food vs. Big Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In his September 9 <em>New York Times</em> article,<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/opinion/10pollan.html"> "Big Food vs. In his Septemb ...

Obama's Health-Care Speech: Hope Over Fear
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/us/politics/10obama.text.html?ref=politics">speech last evening</a>, President Barack Obama made the commitments that a broad coalition i ...