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Destroying Our Rights to Save Them
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 2:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dianna Ortiz The U.S. government continues to claim the authority to detain and kill without trial. IT IS WEL ...

The Innocence List
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kimberly Burge There are many reasons to abolish the death penalty. Innocents on death row may be the most compelling. ...

Religious Leaders Press Village Voice on Sex Ads
Originally Posted: 03/30/2012 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders on Thursday (March 29) delivered more than 230,000 signatures to the office of Village Voice Media, demanding the company shut down the adult advertising section on its website, Backpage.com, ...

Abu Ghraib, Unrepentance, and the Way of the Cross
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

In recent interview, Lynndie England was unrepentant of her involvement in Abu Ghraib. Her only regret, it turns out, is that her actions may have directly caused American casualties. ...

Restoring Dignity
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

A nonprofit in New York City founded by a young social worker leverages a network of resources to provide aftercare and safe housing for women who are victims of sex trafficking. ...

Pastor Nadarkhani Remains on Death Row in Iran
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

After searching for a while, I found a post by the American Center for Law and Justice that confirmed what had become my hope: Reports of Nadarkhani's execution were false. L ...

Contraception Debate Overlooks the Obvious
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Since Rush Limbaugh’s tirade, calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” for testifying for free access to birth control, the actual subject of debate seems like a distant memory. What were we talking about again? ...

Historic Meeting Held in Cape Town – Kairos SA & ANC
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

divided against itself cannot stand.”  (Matthew12:25) The Kairos steering committee met with the ANC ...

Invisible Children Short Film 'Kony 2012' Aims at Worldwide Awareness
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Invisible Children released a short film Wednesday with the aim to make Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, famous--not for acclaim, but to bring awareness to his alleged crimes i ...

When the Spirit Says Go
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle Alexander The fight against mass incarceration is joined by an emerging faith-based movement. SEVERA ...

Responsible Adults
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Clergy to Village Voice: It's not okay to help the sex traffickers. THE INTERNET MAKE ...

Honoring the Lives of Japanese Americans on the 70th Anniversary of Internment Camps
Originally Posted: 02/21/2012 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

Sunday, February 19, marked the 70th anniversary of the Japanese Internment Camps. In honor of the many Japanese Americans affected, the Japanese American National Museum partnered with Ancestry.com to start t ...

MUST LISTEN: Alec Baldwin and Rob Morris on Sex Trafficking
Originally Posted: 02/21/2012 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

"We forget that this is not about an issue; it’s not about a cause. This is about somebody's daughter. This is about somebody’s son, little boy, little girl," shares Rob Morris, founder of Lov ...

U.K. Innkeepers Fined for Turning Away Gay Couple
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

LONDON — Britain's Court of Appeal has ordered a pair of Christian innkeepers to pay 3,600 pounds ($5,800) in damages to a gay couple that was told they could not share a room in the couple's guestho ...

Uganda Revives Anti-Gay Bill
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

CORRECTION: After our original post ran yesterday, we learned that there has been some confusion over the language of the current proposed language of the Ugandan anti-gay bill. In fact, the death penalty has ...

"Honor Killings" is a Deadly Oxymoron
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

The Shafias’ trial and sentencing, which has shined a spotlight on the brutal practice, has been a bit of an Emperor’s New Clothes situation: Most of us villagers are nodding our heads in agreement that, by go ...

Super Bowl XLVI: Real Battles Off the Field
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 1:58pm | Type: SojoMail

in to watch the Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Superbowl XLV , setting a new ...

Super Bowl XLVI: Real Battles Off the Field
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

an estimated 111 million people tuned in to watch the Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 ...

About Those So-Called "Honor Killings" in Canada
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years. After the verdict ...

Works of Mercy
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 11:44am | Type: Magazine Article

years ago, the average girl working in brothels was 25. Now it’s 14 and 15,” Ai Jin tells me. “I think ...

Standing Up to Death Squads
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 11:44am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Caught in the crossfire of army, guerrilla, and paramilitary forces, women, farmers, and Indigenous leaders in Colombi ...

There Was a Tree in Starksville...
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 11:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Rosemarie Freeney Harding as told to Rachel E. Harding In 1961, going "back South" to form an interracial community meant facin ...

Fighting Fire with Water
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Magazine Article

cannot be overestimated. Kony and the LRA have abducted more than 25,000 children, many of them from ...

'Humankind's Most Savage Cruelty'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 12:07pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stewart Burns What will it take to shut down "Satan's marketplace," the global slave trade? Every weapon in the arsenal of ...

Here?
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 12:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Abayea Pelt Human trafficking happens around the world -- and right down the street. A Washington, D.C. organization works to save girls ...

Shutting Down "Satan’s Marketplace"
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 12:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stewart Burns In “’Humankind’s Most Savage Cruelty,’” I describe how it will take every weapon in the arsenal of nonviolence to end the g ...

February 2012 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 8:48am | Type: Product

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Responsible Adults
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: In a recent New York Times op-ed , Nicholas Kristof slammed Village Voice Media’s Backpage.com for refusing to shut down its adult services section, which has repeatedly been linked to the sex trafficking of young girls. Che ...

BackPage and "Baby Face": Stop Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/26/2012 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

prosecuted in the last year and a half — typically involving victims aged 12 to 25 — a vast majority ...

Egypt: The Revolution One Year On
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

changed since 25 January 2011:  “Our mistake was to leave the square before our demands were met. ... at the start of Egypt's historic revolution with photos from Tahrir Square on January 25, 2011, then see ...

Just How Free?
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Freedom is a word often used by politicians, economists and others in positions of power/authority as a byword for happiness. The more freedom we have, the happier we are. Whether this is actually the case, fr ...

The Selling of America's Children
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

The church is realizing the need to deal with Human trafficking Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far has ...

Sojourners Observes Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

Being Sold for Sex Press Release Source: MarketWatch 10-25-2011 Thirty-six prominent clergy have ... October 25, 2011   The Year in Coverage from Sojourners Magazine ... was awfully familiar. When Kids are Sold for Sex by Tim King 10-25-2011 When kids are sold ...

Passion 2012 Calls Us to Rise Up Against Modern-Day Slavery
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

A pervasive criticism of modern Christians, both from outsiders as well as concerned Christians, is that people of faith are not taking seriously Jesus’ call for us to serve “the least of these.” Thankfully, ...

Gratitude for the 'Better Men'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:42am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels I'm grateful to the men who use their power, money, and influence on behalf of women. Recen ...

Fearless for Justice
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 2:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rep. John Lewis All of us owe Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth a heavy debt of gratitude for his willingness to give all he had to help build a mo ...

New Report: Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. Women Have Been Raped
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

an intimate partner before the age of 25. And about 80 percent of female rape victims were first raped before age 25. But domestic violence is not limited to women, according to the survey. About one in seven ...

Newt Gingrich’s Middle East Blunder (Expect More)
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:07am | Type: Blog

Ridiculous. Ignorant. Racist. Dangerous. These are just a few of the terms that flew out of the Middle East this weekend following Newt Gingrich’s unwelcome remarks about Israel and the Palestinians on Frida ...

Defending (and Empowering) the Vulnerable
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

There is no doubt that people with disabilities – who are often marginalized in the workforce, our neighborhoods, and sometimes even in their own families – are particularly susceptible to abuse. ...

Prayers for Burma
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

The question also is: Will economic advantages that may result benefit all of Burma’s people, especially the poor? We are not powerless to influence events for the better. We can continue to pray. ...

Quilting an End to AIDS
Originally Posted: 12/01/2011 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

In honor of World AIDS Day today, Jim Wallis added his square to the quilt, and I added one too. It’s easy, it’s meaningful, and even though you can’t wrap up in it, it still gives a little warmth. ...

From Patriarchy to Partnership
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 12:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Helen LaKelly Hunt Historically, traditional marriage was based on a subordinate view of women. An egalitarian model of mutual respect pr ...

Rewriting History: Thanksgiving or Genocide?
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

I’m not suggesting we not be thankful. But if it were up to me, I’d repeal the official day of Thanksgiving that was sanctioned by Congress because no matter how we want to re-tell or re-write that story, we a ...

Penn State’s Massive Moral Failure to Put The Most Vulnerable First Instead of Last
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

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Racism, Moral Law and the Penn State Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

My heart is very heavy today as I read about the eight boys who were sexually assaulted by Gerald A. Sandusky in his home and in the locker rooms of the Penn State University campus. My soul deeply grieves to ...

Colombia's "People of the Land" Call Out for Justice ... And Some of Us Are Listening
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Colombia's campesinos ("people of the land") — peasants, farmers and artisanal miners, the indigenous — are calling out for an end to the exploitation and environmental destruction of their life ...

Light in the darkness – an interview with Daniel Walker, author of "God in a Brothel"
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

Author Daniel Walker sits down with Sojourners' James Colten to talk about his new book, "God in a Brothel," the scourge of child slavery and the sex industry worldwide, and the church's r ...

Jim Wallis and Gary Bauer on CNN's "State of the Union" Discuss Religion and the 2012 Election
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 4:09am | Type: Blog

On Sunday morning (11/6), Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis appeared on CNN's "State of the Union," with American Values president Gary Bauer and host Candy Crowley to discuss how religion will affect t ...

Halloween Treats Can Be Tricky: The Ethics of Chocolate
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

There are plenty of big things for us to worry about in America right now. Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading quickly across North America and around the world. There ...

Doing Nothing is Not an Option -- United to End Genocide
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, I had the privilege of spending some time at the End Genocide Action Summit, which brought people from all over the world to Washington, D.C., to learn about and fight against genocide ...