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How to Suppress the Vote
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 12:39pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Smietana Why powerful people are working to curtail voting rights in America (for certain people, that is).  ...

Weekly Wrap 9.19.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

1. In Record Turnout, Demographics Shape Scotland's Emphatic No Vote National Geographic has a recap (and stunning photos) of yesterday's vote: "Tomorrow a new campaign—for reconciliation—will b ...

Women Bishops in the UK: All Our Gifts Are Needed For the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

The historic Synod vote in York on Monday reminds us that all of our gifts will be needed for the full exercise of the common good I met my wife, Joy Carroll, at Greenbelt, a summ ...

Congress Needs to Show Moral Leadership in Unemployment Insurance Solution
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

In only its second week in session, Congress is already confronted with difficult decisions that impact the lives of millions of people — some of whom are the most vulnerable in our society. ...

Immigration Reform Advocates Rally Outside House Buildings in D.C., Urging Members to Enact Reform
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 4:46pm | 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 ...

It’s Easy to Forget Privilege When It’s Always Been Yours
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

I’m all for being a part of the democratic process, but it seems a bit odd to me that so many of these bloggers are coming from a position of power and privilege they themselves have always had. ...

4 Things We Should Be Talking About Before Nov. 6
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

Poverty. Guns. . Drones. Climate change. Bring up any of those issues and watch the candidates make a quick nod of concern and then scamper away from any specifics As the winds an ...

Watch the Vote: Is the Voting Rights Act Still Needed?
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 7:06pm | Type: Blog

When the Supreme Court announced recently that one of the cases it would take up in this session was a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the hairs rose on the back of my neck. ...

We’ve Got Issues
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

Think and pray about whom, you would entrust with the responsibility to lead your community, state, and nation. If you care about having a substantive conversation about is ...

What My Catholic Faith Has Taught Me
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

Some have asked how I can embrace a faith whose leadership has taken such a hard line against gay and lesbian equality, and which is painfully quiet on the threat to limit voting rights. I understand why peopl ...

Watch the Vote: #925NVRD
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

In times like these no one can afford to sit back and watch this one like a reality show on Bravo TV. Exercise your dominion; register to vote today! Editor's Note: This ...

What is Post-Candidate Politics?
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 7:07pm | Type: Blog

A politically disillusioned electorate and a huge influx of money for attack ads will be a challenge to our country’s democratic processes. The danger, especially for my generation, is to tune out from politic ...

She Said, He Said: On the Misogyny of the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

On March 5, the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a confidant of FOX NewsChannel's Sean Hannity and frequent guest on his show, took to the airways on his "Exploring Your Destiny with Jesse Lee Peterson" ...

Students: Get Educated on Election Law Changes in Your District
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Heads up, students! Efforts are already underway across the country to make it more difficult to vote, and if you’re not prepared, you may find yourself without an electoral voice come next November. ...

Not All Budget Cuts Are Created Equal
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

Less than one percent of the federal budget goes to foreign aid. Our spending on development and foreign assistance is not -- by any stretch of the facts or imagination -- our national debt. ...

Jim Wallis and Richard Land: Join the Great Conversation
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Last night, at the National Press Club here in Washington D.C., the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Sojourners co-sponsored a conversation between Richard L ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Hand Gestures, Health Care and the Birth of a New Paradigm
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

NEW YORK, N.Y. NEW YORK, N.Y. Great to see this on the Great to see this on the ground reporting. Co-sign Greg's comment. Keep Co-s ...

A History Lesson for Herman Cain
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Dear Herman, On September 28, you actually called African-Americans "brainwashed" for their support of the Democratic Party. Dear Herman, On September 28, you ...

Rick Perry, Superman and Immigration
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Rick Perry was recently asked by a nine-year-old "If you were a super hero, what kind of super hero would you be?" His answer to the child's benign question was simultaneously predictable and ...

Friday Links Round Up: Free Starbucks. London. Farewell.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: Sandwich coasters are fun. Guy lets the world use his Starbucks card for free. htt ...

Friday Links Round Up: Swampy Monster. Jane Austen. John Mayer.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: Our prayers extend to the people of Norway. Lord, have mercy. http://creativecommons ...

We Won't Self-Examine, McDonald's Tells Nuns
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Two weeks ago, McDonald's shareholders voted down a shareholder resolution asking the corporation to study how its advertising to children contributes to widespread childhood obesity. ...

The Cincinnati Riots and the Racism That Remains
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, Timothy Thomas died from a gunshot fired by a police officer in Over-the-Rhine -- a neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ten years ago, Timothy Thomas died from a guns ...

Stay Informed and in Prayer for the People of Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As voting continues in South Sudan's week-long <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sudan/" target="_blank">independence referendum</a>, which started yesterday, here are a fe ...

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 ...

Moral Measure of a Tax Plan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it further concentrate wealth and power in the hands of a few? In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it ...

Haitians Protest Election, And So Do I
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Anxiety set in for many people in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/haiti/" target="_blank">Haiti</a> long before Dec. Anxiety set in for many peop ...

How Can a 'Peace and Justice' Community Support the DREAM Act?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We've been asked by more than one of our readers and supporters about how we can <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/dream-act/" target="_blank">support the DREAM Act</a> and ...

For the DREAMers, The Waiting Must End Today
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In this <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/advent/" target="_blank">season of Advent</a>, we in our Christian churches speak often about how this is a time of waiting and prepara ...

Political Meltdown
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is very difficult to observe the current political landscape and not conclude that the process has seriously broken down. It is very difficult to observe the current political ...

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 ...

Heading off Next Year's Deadliest War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The stakes in Sudan are high, as there are less than six months until south Sudan is slated to vote on independence. The stakes in Sudan are high, as there are less than six month ...

No Sense in Washington About Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The countdown is on to next year's independence referendum in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/15/sudanese-churches-four-key-concerns-ahead-of-troubled-elections-and-four-ways-we-can-help/&qu ...

Excuse Me, Senator Grassley, Did I Hear You Correctly?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Every so often I read something in print, and I think to myself, did he/she really say that? Every so often I read something in print, and I think to myself, did he/she really say ...

Robert Byrd, Truth, and Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Truth is a two-edged sword that cuts both ways. We may wield it against an enemy with great satisfaction. However, the truth also cuts us, and does so with a fare-thee-well. Tru ...

A Psalm for Mine Worker Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, I read through psalm after psalm searching for the "right" one to read at the opening of the <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jT_TJF6XHvkIcroUc3uaHO184YLA ...

Don't Let the Banks Buy Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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. ...

Tribal Tensions in Southern Sudan and Election Approaches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's Note: As Sudan prepares for this April's election, the Khartoum regime's leader, President al-Bashir, has threatened to cut off the fingers of foreign election observers who & ...

Tea Party Protests and Taxation Without Representation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | 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 ...

The Cross, Easter, and the 'They' Narrative
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The <em>other </em>has been a philosophical idea with a rich history. The other has been a philosophical idea with a rich history. The idea is how do individuals r ...

Universal Health Care Can Reduce Abortion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594202346?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1594202346">&l ...

The Police Motorcade: A Sign of Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Over the past few days, I've had the privilege of representing <a href="http://www.sojo.net/magazine">Sojourners magazine</a> at the annual <a title="Faith and Polit ...

Bearing Witness Against Cyber-Smears in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Isn't there something in the Bible about not bearing false witness? Isn't there something in the Bible about not bearing false witness? How is it then, whether in relati ...

Health Care and Bipartisanship in the Balance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694003830_DapYT"></a>Yesterday, the Senate <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.co ...

If the Tea Party movement were consistent, it would tackle defense spending.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

On the one hand, as a new <a href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/02/meet-the-tea-partiers-male-rich-and-college-educated.php" target="_blank">CNN poll</a> shows, 11 pe ...

50 Years Later: From a Sit-in to a Civil Rights Museum
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On Feb. 1, 1960, four African-American students sat down at the "whites-only" lunch counter at the F.W. Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina. As I child, I was told by my late fathe ...

Saying Good-Bye to the Pause After the Hyphen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

My husband asked me that question last night: "Do you think you'll feel different after you become a citizen?"</p> My husband asked me that question last nigh ...

Married for Money: The Unnatural Union of Government and Business
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> This week's Economist , a conservative ...

Now is the Time for Congressional Courage on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The people of Massachusetts already have near universal health care. Too many of the rest of us do not. The people of Massachusetts already have near universal health care. Too ...

A Bottom-Up Perspective on Obama's Nobel Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I didn't get a chance to watch Barack Obama's Nobel speech live, but I've read the transcript and found very little in the speech that couldn't have been given by any number of past preside ...