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New Poverty Numbers, Old Poverty Definitions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Numbers released today from the U.S. Census Bureau confirmed what has become widely apparent: more people are living in poverty because of the economic recession. It's tragic but obvious. ...

Why the U.S. Ranks 37 Among World Health Systems, Plus Four Alternative Models
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The United States is the richest nation on earth. It has some of the best-trained physicians and best medical facilities on earth. It is a leader in medical innovation and medical education. ...

Getting Beyond the Confession and Guilt Checklist
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, while traveling through Michigan, I attended Mars Hill for church one Sunday. Recently, while traveling through Michigan, I attended Mars Hill for church one Sunday. Rob ...

Republicans Want Health-Care Reform Too!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm a registered Republican. I didn't vote for Obama. I believe in free-market enterprise. I like smaller government. There, I said it. It's out!</p> I&# ...

Kennedy, Health Care, and Imperfection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The first time I met Sen. Edward Kennedy was in the underbelly of the Capitol on the Capitol Subway. The first time I met Sen. Edward Kennedy was in the underbelly of the Capitol ...

Sam's Story: Another Human Tragedy in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This week many of you heard the story of Sam.* Sam was a 21-year-old young man from a hard-working family. Over the course of several weeks in July he experienced extreme stomach pains. ...

Health-Care Debate Requires the Wisdom of Solomon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Thomas Friedman, learning from an experience on safari in Botswana, gets it right in his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/opinion/23friedman.html?_r=1&amp;th&amp;emc=th" target=& ...

Three Responses to a Conservative Critic on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Just received this:</p> Just received this: I am one of the conservative Christians you refer to in your letter. I did not and still do not support President Obama alt ...

Join Today's National Teleconference on Health-Care Reform with President Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Tonight Sojourners, along with 40 other faith groups, will host a national teleconference with President Obama about health care. Tonight Sojourners, along with 40 other faith gro ...

Life, Liberty, Happiness, and Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Declaration of Independence says:</p> The Declaration of Independence says: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are e ...

Eat That
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I went to the grocery store at midnight the other night.</p> <p>Is it just me or are the lights at the grocery story brighter at midnight?</p> I went to the groc ...

To Whom Much is Given
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We learned the story in Sunday school: </p> We learned the story in Sunday school: The rich ruler comes to Jesus and asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesu ...

President Obama to Participate in Nationwide Call-in on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 Days for Health Reform" Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 ...

Palin Bad for Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last Thursday, I wrote about <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/06/truth-telling-and-responsibility-in-health-care/" href="../2009/08/06/truth-telling-and-responsibility-in-health-care/&q ...

My Experience of U.S. Health Care as a Recent Immigrant (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Regular readers will know that in the past year, I embarked on a genuinely life-altering journey. I emigrated to the United States, got married, and now make my home in North Carolina. ...

Health Care is a Human Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), article 25 paragraph 1 says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, i ...

A Cancer Survivor Speaks Out For Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/yes-multi-scarf-0132.jpg"></a></p> I just read an e-mail forward where someone compared the pr ...

Health-Care Reform is a Life and Death Issue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We need health-care reform to ensure that others aren't caught in the web of inconsistent mental health care and the inability to get needed medicine. We need health-care re ...

Health Care and Structural Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory recognizes that there is more than one kind of violence. Just peace theory recognizes that there is more than one kind of violence. There is subjective violence ...

Is National Health Care Hazardous to Your Health? Check the Facts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Various Web sites and e-mails are reporting that cancer survival rates are much higher in the U.S. than in various European countries. Various Web sites and e-mails are reporting ...

Wal-Mart's Big Green Claim, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/21/wal-marts-big-green-claim/">[continued from part 1]</a> ... Here is why I am not about to toss my kids into the car and dash out for chea ...

Holy Health Care!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Debates on our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/22/is-nationalized-health-care-hazardous-to-your-health-check-the-facts/">national system of providing health care</a> are raging in p ...

Wal-Mart's Big Green Claim
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Well color me happy (as the saying goes): Wal-Mart just released a big claim to be greening up its act. But what does their claim really mean and how do we define what corporate green looks like anywa ...

I Don't Care What Our Health-Care System is Called, as Long as it Delivers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I recently sent an e-mail about health care to my congressman, Peter Roskam (R-IL, 6th District), through <a href="http://roskam.house.gov/Contact/">his Web site</a>. ...

False Witness Redeemed: Forgiveness After 11 Years of Wrongful Conviction
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A white woman is raped by a black man in North Carolina. During the assault, she studies his face, determined to bring him to justice. She later identifies a suspect both in photos and in-person line- ...

Stop this Malicious E-mail
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

An <a href="http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/is_it_true_that_persons_older_than.html">e-mail is circulating that, like most scary e-mails, is entirely false</a>. ...

Immigration Policy: Where's the Love?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. ...

Executions Worldwide Nearly Doubled in 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The number of executions worldwide nearly doubled last year compared with 2007, according to a <a title="http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ACT50/003/2009/en/0b789cb1-baa8-4c1b-bc35-58b6063098 ...

Pope Benedict on the Global Economy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new encyclical on the global economy. As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new enc ...

Competing Narratives: Lessons from the Jena 6, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/08/lessons-from-the-jena-6">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from ...

Living Isaiah 61: Justice Work is My Song of Praise to God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">"I do the work of justice not out of a disdain for the privileged but out of a love for Life." - <em>Womanist Theologian Dr. Kelly ...

Lessons from the Jena 6
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>What lessons do we take away from the Jena 6 story? Six young men won't be dragging a felony conviction into adult life. That's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/06/29/the-jena-6-ar ...

Just One Day ... for Lynne
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I stepped up to the automatic sliding doors, but they didn't open. I knocked. The guard recognized me, waved, and the South Bronx-based special care facility opened arms of welcome. ...

The Jena 6 are Free!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://friendsofjustice.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/p6264470-11.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225"></a>The <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2007/09/20/jena-is-america-by-lydi ...

Immigration Reform This Year: Let's Get to Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Obama met with key legislators to discuss the details of moving comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year. Yesterday, President Obama met with ke ...

Sick of Drug Companies' Corporate Influence?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

w5fpwem56m w5h2kbxnzs Is the U.S. finally sick and tired of a corporate-dominated trade agenda that is making people around the world sick? w5fpwem56m w5h2kbxnzs Is the U.S. final ...

Why Are People Poor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Why are people poor? </em>I remember being asked this question 10 years ago while training for a program I was volunteering with. Why are people poor? I rememb ...

Justice for Victims of Colombia's Military
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On June 8, Pastor Reinel Martinez Medina testified before the Colombian Congress on the execution of his brother at the hands of Colombian Public Security Forces: "I dare to speak out about my brot ...

Eco-Justice: Getting There from Here
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As I look at where we need to get, pronto -- 350 parts per million or less carbon in the atmosphere, sustainable use of planetary resources, and a world economy consistent with those things -- and ...

Rethink Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

An interview with a man and his children in an Internally Displaced Person (refugee) camp quickly devolves into a father desperately trying to sell his smallest child to the cameraman. ...

Reclaiming the Church's Mission and Message on Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the role of the church will be significant. As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the ...

Two Myths About North Korea, Iran, and Disarmament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Anyone watching the news over the past couple of months will have noticed a flurry of action from two of the nations in former President Bush's infamous "Axis of Evil." North Korea tested a long ...

Immigration Reform: The time has come
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The time has come for comprehensive immigration reform. After several failed attempts in past years, the president has promised it and the White House is showing a clear commitment to it. ...

Who Should Pay for Our Pollution?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Congress is hard at work on historic energy and climate change legislation. The House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill in the next few weeks, with the Senate to follow in early fall.</p> ...

Listening to the Women of Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Few biblical figures stand out for their bravery as Esther does. Faced with a looming order for the systematic extermination of her people, she risked her life and broke the silence. ...

A Woman's Right to Fish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. <em>If you teach his wife how to fish, you feed the whole family for a lifetime</em>. ...

Taking the 'Micro' out of Microfinance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For too many households around the world, living paycheck-to-paycheck is a luxury out of reach. For too many households around the world, living paycheck-to-paycheck is a luxury o ...

Saving Kansas City, One (Green) Step at a Time
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, has been dividing rich and poor, black and white, jobless and employed in this city since the days of Jim Crow when it was a legal line of segregation. ...

The Good News About Yesterday's Duel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm in Germany at the biannual <em>Kirchentag </em>festival of faith of the German churches, so I missed the news and analysis of President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney&# ...

Postville Community Leaders Rally Around Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Postville, Iowa, is a powerful place. Tuesday, hundreds of community members and people of faith from across the country gathered to pray and reflect on the traumatic events of May 12, 2008. ...