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Encouraging News from South Sudan, Troubling News from Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I have encouraging news from <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/south-sudan/" target="_blank">South Sudan</a>, and I have troubling news from Darfur. Let's start with the So ...

My Undocumented Life: Full of Magic and Meaning
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

My grandfather taught me that "There is magic and meaning in every moment." [ Editors' Note: Below is a personal reflection by an undocumented student living ...

Sargent Shriver: Another Giant Has Fallen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Sargent Shriver was one of the most attractive, dynamic, and accomplished men of his time. When President John F. Kennedy chose Mr. Sargent Shriver was one of the most attractive, ...

What Should We Remember About Dr. King?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Over the years, I have read thousands upon thousands of pages on the life of Dr. Over the years, I have read thousands upon thousands of pages on the life of Dr. King, and as an e ...

Join Us in Signing the Peace and Civility Pledge
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&amp;id=373" target="_blank"></a>The horrible shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others is ...

Taking the Constitution Seriously
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Today, the new 112th Congress convenes. Today, the new 112th Congress convenes. Among the new rules for this Congress adopted by the incoming Republican majority is that in th ...

Palestinians Protest Death of Nonviolent Activist
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Jawaher-Abu-Rahmah.jpg"></a>For nearly six years, the Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Bil' ...

Top 10 Religious Stories of 2010
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Every day as I review the news, I'm conscious of stories relating to religious faith. Every day as I review the news, I'm conscious of stories relating to religious fait ...

Where is my Mother? The Injustice of a Broken Immigration System
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Maria, 7, and Lupe, 3, are our next-door neighbors. For some reason, they have decided they like coming to our house. I'm not exactly sure why, we have nothing that I would consider appealing to ...

In Memory of Richard Holbrooke
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Some people in the world are large. They occupy a large space, cast a large shadow, reach for large and lofty goals. Some people in the world are large. They occupy a large space, ...

Who Will Listen to the Voices of Veterans Calling for Peace?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I watched helplessly as the snow fell on stubborn veterans and police officers at the White House gates. I watched helplessly as the snow fell on stubborn veterans and police offi ...

Southern Sudanese in Khartoum at Risk
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: South Sudan is preparing for its independence referendum on January 9 -- an event whose occurrence is threatened by North Sudan's intransigence ...

100 Reasons for a Christmas Miracle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm" target="_blank">Call your Senators right now about the DREAM Act</a>.</p> ...

Interview With A Dreamer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Felipe Matos, 24, was sent to the United States from the slums of Brazil by his mother who longed for him to find a better life and achieve his dreams. Felipe Matos, 24, was sent ...

Human Beings Matter More Than Analogies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last week, I joined a conservative talk show in Cincinnati to talk about <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/30/pray-for-bernard-pray-for-the-dream/" target="_blank">Bernard Pastor& ...

Clergy and Students Pray Together for the DREAM Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Interfaith leaders and graduating high school students from across the United States joined hands to pray in the Hart Senate Office Building yesterday at the end of a <a href="http://www.christianp ...

Faith, Music, and Arts at the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

My life changed when I went to a Christian festival in the UK in the 1990s. The same could happen to you if you come to the Christian music and social justice festival happening in the U.S. ...

WikiLeaks and Government Responsibility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Since <a href="http://wikileaks.org/" target="_blank">WikiLeaks</a> released the first of the leaked government cables for public viewing, the outcry regarding the act has been ...

American 'Exceptionalism' Can Degenerate Into Superiority
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There has been a fascinating and important dialogue going on this week over at the <a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/" target="_blank"><em>Washington ...

Courage in a World of Labels
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Children's author Madeline L'Engle argues in her book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0865474877?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;camp=1789&amp;cr ...

When is an Incentive a Bribe? Israel, Settlements, and Fighter Jets
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:15am | Type: Blog

Imagine a parent with two recalcitrant teenagers.</p> Imagine a parent with two recalcitrant teenagers. Parent: "We've got one spare car that we'd like ...

Pray for Bernard, Pray for the DREAM
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On Tuesday November 16, hundreds of Christ-followers around the nation prayed and fasted in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/immigration-reform/" target="_blank">solidarity with immi ...

WikiLeaks: Historian's Dream, Diplomat's Nightmare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This past Sunday and Monday the news media published their first summaries of the documents they received from WikiLeaks which contained more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. ...

Three Steps Toward a Balanced Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There has been a lot of talk about deficits lately. This is for good reasons. Our personal and national relationship to debt is indeed a moral issue. There has been a lot of talk ...

How You Can Help Protect Children Around the World
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

I have been an international human rights activist and lobbyist for 31 years in Washington. There have been times when issues I cared about and worked hard on simply didn't bear fruit, and I wonder at tho ...

Urgent Action Needed on Behalf of the Saharawi People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This morning I received an e-mail from a friend asking me to get the word out about a tragic human rights event that has been taking place over the past week, which the world knows little to nothin ...

Tell Congress: We Support More Resources for Sex Trafficking Survivors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, November 17, the <a href="http://www.change.org/national_coalition_to_end_domestic_minor_sex_trafficking" target="_blank">National Coalition to End Domestic Minor Sex Tr ...

Glenn Beck's Offensive Attacks on George Soros
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

And the hits just keep on coming.</p> And the hits just keep on coming. The list of people who Glenn Beck has attacked with faulty logic and fear tactics is growing long ...

Friday Links Round Up: Natural Birth. Pedicures. Detroit.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/12/friday-links-round-up-natural-birth-pedicures-detroit/" target="_blank"></a>Natural Birth. Pedicures. Detroit. Here's a li ...

Pastors: God Calls us to Cross-Cultural Ministry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As we continue to live within the ever-increasing multi-ethnic and multicultural reality, it is more and more obvious that the "black and white" matrix of the American Christian church is outdated. ...

It Takes a Movement: Moral Centering and Political Recalibration
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

'Daisy Girl' is Still Counting: A Push for START Ratification
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/08/daisy-girl-is-still-counting-a-push-for-start-ratification/" target="_blank"></a>As someone who watched Lyndon Johnson's 1 ...

Looking Towards South Sudan's Referendum
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

[<em><strong>Editor's Note:</strong> As Sudan prepares for the key January 9 referendum in which South Sudan will decide whether to become independent, as outlined by the 2005 agreement ...

Not Happy with the Results? Hallelujah, Anyhow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I am not happy with the results of the 2010 elections. I think the elections turned on misinformation, anger, and fear. I am not happy with the results of the 2010 elections. I th ...

Voting in Honor and Solidarity
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When my children were young, I took them with me to vote. Before we went ...

Mythbusters: The Truth About Immigrants and Assimilation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[</em><strong><em>Editor's Note: </em></strong><em>Myths and misinformation abound when it comes to the topic of immigration reform. ...

Myths and Facts About Immigration Economics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note: </strong>Myths and misinformation abound when it comes to the topic of immigration reform. [ Editor's Note: Myths and ...

Who's Holding Back U.S. Aid to Haiti?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On Friday, September 24, at 3 p.m. a violent and terrifying storm erupted over <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/haiti/" target="_blank">Port-au-Prince, Haiti</a>. ...

Social Justice is Not Totalitarianism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1009&amp;article=why-does-glenn-beck-hate-community-organizers" tar ...

Is He a Christian, a Muslim, or a Cactus? Why Can't We Just Believe President Obama?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/10/01/is-he-a-christian-a-muslim-or-a-cactus-why-cant-we-just-believe-president-obama/" target="_blank"></a>I received a letter this ...

Americans Deeply Ignorant About Religion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"The person whose writings and actions inspired the Protestant Reformation was Martin Luther, Thomas Aquinas or John Wesley?" Less than half (46 percent) of Americans know the answer is Luther, and ...

We Won't Back Down from Beck
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Ah, the evils of "social justice"! Ah, the evils of "social justice"! Until recently, I bet most of you didn't realize how dangerous that concept is, and ...

Peace or Partisanship? New START Reaches a Critical Juncture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Nuclear policy typically moves at a glacial speed, with opportunities for progress few and far between. Nuclear policy typically moves at a glacial speed, with opportunities for p ...

Floodwaters Diverted in Pakistan to Save U.S. Base
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

It appears that flood waters have been diverted in Pakistan to save a U.S. air base. The Shahbaz air base is used by the U.S. military to launch drone attacks into Afghanistan and Pakistan, attacks that kill a ...

Why We Must Not Give Up on the DREAM Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The DREAM Act did not pass with the National Defense Authorization Act yesterday, but we must not give up. The DREAM Act did not pass with the National Defense Authorization Act y ...

A Peace Movement Victory Against Drones
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[</em><em><strong>Editor's Note</strong></em><em>: </em><em>Every once in a while there is a landmark court case for the cause of freedom and just ...

DREAM Act 101: What You Need to Know
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the last few weeks, the DREAM Act has become a source of hope for many and a source of debate and speculation for others. In the last few weeks, the DREAM Act has become a sour ...

George W. Bush Led on AIDS. Will Obama?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The world needs President Barack Obama to be a global leader on HIV/AIDS.</p> The world needs President Barack Obama to be a global leader on HIV/AIDS. It was not that l ...

43.6 Million: Census Declares More Americans are in Poverty than Ever Before
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is the highest number America has ever seen: 43.6 million people are living in poverty in the United States, the wealthiest country in the world. It is the highest number Ameri ...

No One is "Illegal"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/15/no-one-is-illegal/"></a>Today is a day of hope for immigration reform. More than 500 immigration activists and faith leaders have gathere ...