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Obama's Public Promise to Reform Immigration this Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Hundreds of faith leaders and immigrant advocates across the country visiting their members of Congress at home this week just got a huge boost from the Obama administration.</p> ...

Video: Documentary on the Failed Drug War in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In July 2007, Teresa Ortega stood solemnly in a field of wilting corn and pineapple crops in southern Colombia's farm land as tears streamed down her cheeks. In July 2007, Te ...

Calling a Nation to its Best Values and Priorities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a <a href="http://www.so ...

Video: Rush Limbaugh to Speak at Sojourners' Mobilization to End Poverty
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/04/01/rush-limbaugh-to-speak-at-sojourners-mobilization-to-end-poverty/#rush_video"></a>In an inspiring display of bipartisan bridge-building, ...

Staff Who Deserve Retention Bonuses
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>There's been quite a lot in the news recently about AIG and its concerns about retaining &q ...

Our Moral Audit of the Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Four years ago, faced with a disastrous federal budget proposal, Sojourners coined a phase, "budgets are moral documents." That phrase has now entered the common lexicon, but it remains our fundam ...

Beyond Church Walls: Reflections on Faith in Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Growing up Catholic in San Francisco, I was fortunate to be raised with a passion for social ...

Mobilization and Murder in our Nation's Capital
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>It's 8 p.m. and I'm exhausted.</p> <p>My six-month-old boy finally sto ...

How Advocacy Works
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Advocating for the poor is crucial in this time of recession, but maybe you're a little nervous about actually walking into your member of Congress' office, even after the great training yo ...

The Bipartisan Poverty Forum
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Through the partisan fistfight of the general election, in the midst of political posturing during the transition, and moving forward in spite of a Congress split down party lines, a bipartisan gro ...

The Best Thing for the Economy, the Right Thing for the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> The economy and the nation are at a crossroads. Unemployment, po ...

A Balanced View of Government
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>I'm honored to take part in the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=e ...

Seeing the Full Humanity of Our Homeless Neighbors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, January 27, just a few blocks north of the Sojourners' office on 14th Street in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of our nation's capital, a homeless man was attacked and lay dying on th ...

Black and White Like Us
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I took my 11-year-old daughter to the Cheetah Girls concert a week after Election Day. Stood in line for 20 minutes with other moms to buy her overpriced popcorn and soda. Forked over the rest of the ...

Video: Dr. Sharon Watkins' Sermon at the National Prayer Service
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Disciples of Christ General Minister and President (and Sojourners Board member) Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins delivered this sermon, "Harmonies of Liberty," during the National Prayer Service ...

An Inauguration Pilgrimage: Dreams From My Mother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We waited for 30 minutes. Standing, awkward, we looked up at the board. When I arrived at Penn Station the board said train #167, enroute to Washington D.C., "25 mins late"... Five minutes l ...

The Obama Inauguration: A Singular and Unique Event
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The inauguration of President Barack Obama was a singular and unique event. I intend an emphatic redundancy. It was much much. Very very. Amazing.</p> The inauguration o ...

Bishop Robinson's Lost Prayer at the Inaugural Kick-off
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sunday afternoon, I sat in front of the TV with a box of tissues and watched every second of the "We Are One" concert at the Lincoln Memorial live on HBO.</p> ...

Israeli-Occupied Territory on Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A year ago I heard a Palestinian diplomat describe Capitol Hill as "Israeli-occupied territory" in a speech given at Georgetown University. A year ago I heard a Palestin ...

This Feels Like Family: The Obama Inauguration and Beyond
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As my mother and I prepare to "Thelma and Louise-it" to travel to Washington for the Obama inauguration, my excitement is tempered with anxiety. As my mother and I prepa ...

My Obama Inauguration Benediction: A Singular Moment in Time
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

You would think attempting to summarize my feelings on having been asked to deliver the Benediction at the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama-would be simple. In fact, it's quite a challenge; gi ...

A Public Prayer of Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

This historic proclamation of <a href="http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nmah/thanks.htm#Transcription%20of%20George%20Washington%27s%20Proclamation">"A Day of Public Thanksgiving and Pray ...

From Riot to Revelry at the Intersection of Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I woke up this morning, my throat dry from singing and yelling in the streets last night. I woke up with an unbridled joy, and though I'd only fallen asleep five hours earlier, I was more awake t ...

And the #1 Threat to America: BEARS!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last week was a busy one, getting the blog switched over from Beliefnet to our own Web site. Sharp-eyed readers have noticed a few bugs, but since we're over the hump I thought a little Friday fu ...

One Day, I Will Join the NRA
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This week, The New York Times ran an <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/10/opinion/10wed2.html?_r=1&amp;oref=slogin">editorial </a>about H.R. 6691, follow-up legislation ...

'Meaner Streets' in D.C.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Even though we don't often weigh in on local D.C. Even though we don't often weigh in on local D.C. political issues, the Sojourners policy team made an exception on a n ...