The Common Good

Results for Economic Justice

Income Gap Between Rich and Poor is Largest in Hundred Years
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

The income gap in the U.S. is as wide as it has been in almost 100 years, according to a new study by UC Berkeley, the Paris School of Economics, and Oxford University. The incom ...

Criminalizing Christ: The Nationwide Targeting of Homeless
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The list of cities targeting the homeless is long, and it’s not just a symptom of conservativism or of the Deep South. This targeting crosses all political lines. The list of 10 Meanest Cities toward the homel ...

The Shameful Politics of Scorn
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 6:08pm | Type: Blog

The New York Times article itself seemed innocuous, about how foreclosed homes are being scooped up by outside investors and turned into rentals. The accompanying photo, however, was troubling. It showed a you ...

3 Reasons to Stand with Public Schools
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, former public school student, and a public school teacher, there are three requests I would make of Christians regarding their conversations and their actions when it comes to education. ...

September/October 2013 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 09/01/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Product

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Global Churches Alliance for Bangladesh Garment Workers
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Mary Priniski wrote in Sojourners about churches responding in solidarity with garment workers, now a global alliance has formed. Mary Priniski wrote in the August 2013  Sojourne ...

Why Is It So Hard To Say Things? Thoughts On Newspeak, AIDSpeak, and ObesitySpeak
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

It is important to me that the government, if it’s going to be in the position of advising people on matters of public health (in my view, a good thing) to speak clearly. Not ObesitySpeak. Not HealthSpeak. Fac ...

On Scripture: The Ballad of Sour Grapes
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Within the current reconfigurations taking place in the U.S. economy, the new modes of production continue to privilege those like the CEOs of fast-food companies. Yet, as Isaiah’s ballad reminds us, these wid ...

When We Are More Interested in Evangelical Infighting Than Serious Issues of Justice
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

Maybe it’s because the ACLU and Prison Fellowship and Virginia’s conservative Family Foundation all AGREE that this shackling has to stop that there’s no real story of partisan mudslinging, where the conservat ...

A Heartless Cult of Money
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Pope Francis 'Not to share one's goods with the poor is to rob them.' [T]HE MAJORITY OF THE me ...

A Revolution of Rising Expectations
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank Dreams of a better life—and political corruption—spark rising protests around the world. THE PHRA ...

Catholics Differ at 'War on Poverty' Hearing
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Sister Simone Campbell, the face of the famous “Nuns on the Bus” tours, and Rep. Paul Ryan, the brains behind the House Republicans’ budget-cutting plans, have for more than a year represented diametrically op ...

Following Scandal, Archbishop Justin Welby Offers to Open Credit Unions
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said he was embarrassed and irritated following revelations that the Church of England has invested millions of pounds in a company that financially backs England’s leadin ...

A Simple Fix to Reduce Poverty and Encourage Work
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Jesus calls us to help the poor. That is a point that few would debate. One key indicator of our obedience is how we treat the poor and vulnerable among us. Where we fall into debate is how to do it the most e ...

Letter seeks ‘circle of protection’ for poor
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Press

July 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

Senators Reach Deal on Student Loan Interest Rates
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

According to an aide connected to the Democratic Party, bipartisan senators reached a deal Wednesday that would offer undergraduate students a lower interest rate of 3.85 percent on student loans, up until the ...

Hunger Games, U.S.A
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

The number of those who’ve benefitted from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has increased nearly seven percent from 8.7 in 2007 to 15.2 in its most recent study. ...

Moral Mondays: A Cry for the Old North State
Originally Posted: 07/13/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

the Old North State my home. But after 14 birthdays, nine years in the public education system, four years ...

Farm Bill Passes House, Without Food Stamp Funding
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

For the first time in 50 years, the House of Representatives cut mention of food stamps from the Farm Bill, which passed the House yesterday. For the first time in 50 years, the ...

Moral Mondays
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

In North Carolina, pastors and civil rights leaders, along with thousands of others, have been living out their personal faith in a very public way. Since late April, dozens of faith leaders and hundreds of ot ...

British Government Asks Church to Take Over Thousands of State Schools
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

Leading secularists are calling on nonreligious parents to fight a government effort that would allow the Church of England to run thousands of state schools. Leading secularists ...

Relentlessly High Youth Unemployment is a 'Global Time Bomb'
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

Last month's job report shows 16 percent of young adults who consistently seek full-time employment are unable to find work. Last month's job report shows 16 percent of ...

Remaking the Tax Code to Help the Working Poor
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

Through the removal of financial restrictions tacked onto certain marriage policies, President Barack Obama brings hope to low-income couples by acknowledging the financial and moral benefits marriage can have ...

When Robbers and Innkeepers Profit from Good Samaritans
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The Parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the most well known, beloved and influential portions of the New Testament. As a striking narrative about care and compassion for others, the content of Luke 10:29-3 ...

San Diego Judge says Public School’s Yoga Instruction Not Religious
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

A California judge ruled Monday that the teaching of yoga in public schools does not establish a government interest in religion. A California judge ruled Monday that the teaching ...

Life, Dignity, and the Tragedy in Bangladesh
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Priniski What Catholic social teaching says about those who make our clothes. THE APRIL 24 collapse of a ...

Donations Recover at Controversial Catholic Charity
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Fundraising for the flagship anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops is slowly recovering after being battered by the recession and sharp attacks on its mission. Fundrai ...

Immigration and Fiscal Policy
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

Debating whether or not immigrants will have a positive or negative effect on the United States’ economy, various political groups are arguing their viewpoints and analyzing a number of fiscal pros and cons wh ...

Brazilians and Football: From Passion to Protest
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

Brazilians are beginning to question the price they are paying for their football catharses, emotional releases that don’t solve any problems at all, but merely act like a numbing balm on the symptoms. Tired ...

Our Broken Social Contract
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Throughout the years, authors and academic scholars have studied and revealed their opinions of whether economic equality is in fact possible in the United States. Throughout the ...

A Step Closer to Global Jubilee?
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

G8 countries plan to implement greater tax collection internationally through fairer tax policies, greater financial transparency, and open trade. In the green hills of County Fer ...

The Forgotten 50,000
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Eleven years after New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office, more than 50,000 people rested in homeless shelters and on the streets of New York City last night — nearly 45 percent of which were children. ...

David Brooks, Producing People, and Saving the World
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

If you believe that all of creation is God’s good creation — including icky things like business and politics — then they too are in need of redemption, not rejection. My city, Washington, D.C., is flooded wit ...

Pope Francis: Wasting Food is like Stealing from the Poor
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis condemns consumerism and the "culture of waste" especially pertaining to food. On Wednesday during his weekly address, Pope Francis condemned consumerism a ...

Mindless Metrics
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Consider how many useless metrics we use to chart our nation’s course. Politicians fixate on the federal deficit, for example, because it’s an easy number to fling at opponents, even though it doesn’t truly me ...

Pope Francis: Wasting Food is Like Stealing from the Poor
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 5:21pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced consumerism and what he called the “culture of waste” of modern economies, especially when it comes to food. Pope Francis on Wednesday denounce ...

Is That All There Is?
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 2:27pm | Type: Press

June 4, 2013 Sojo in the News George Mitrovich ...

Welfare for the Wealthy
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

In a New York Times, Op-ed Mark Bittman writes about the hyprocrisy of congressional represenatives who use the Farm Bill to cut SNAP yet also recieves thousands in U.S.D.A farm subsidies and direct payments. ...

On Scripture: Women, Work, and the Word
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

A recent Pew poll revealed a significant shift in American families. Four in 10 of this country’s households now rely primarily on the income of women. This is both good news and bad. ...

My Pilgrimage with Warehouse Workers
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Helene Slessarev-Jamir Immigration reform must include protection of workers' rights. EVERY TIME I fly i ...

Young Adults Reluctant to Enroll in the Affordable Care Act
Originally Posted: 06/03/2013 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

California is the facing a new challenge: getting young adults to enroll in the Affordable Care Act. California is the facing a new challenge: getting young adults to enroll in t ...

Review: 'Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father — And How We Can Fix It'
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

I was so ready to read a book that would solve America's health-care crisis. This week the company my husband works for unveiled the health-insurance plans available to us b ...

'There Should Be No Poor Among You'
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

and by extension he – should invite to a banquet (Luke 14:12-14). But we seem to have ‘no poor among us’ – we do ... 30:14-15 Morf Morford  considers himself a free-range Christian who is convinced that God ...

Half of Americans Below or Near Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

Although the Census Bureau has reported that 15% of Americans live in poverty, when assets and wages are factored in half of Americans are below or near poverty line. Although th ...

In the Richest Country in the World, 1 in 4 Struggle to Afford Food
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

The United States is the richest country in the world, but only three-quarters of Americans have enough to eat. The United States is the richest country in the world, but only thr ...

Casting the First Stone in the Senate
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Sen. David Vitter proposed an amendment that blocks any person who had ever committed a violent crime from receiving SNAP benefits for life. The Farm Bill might not sound like the ...

Hunger Action Day in California
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

More than 300 California residents from all around the state — from the beach towns to the gritty parts of the city — have committed their day, their energy, and their hearts to visiting with their representat ...

Money: The God of This World
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

We fight wars to keep it and to gain more of it. We damage the earth, deny social services to the poor, and pay ever smaller wages for ever longer hours, because to do otherwise would be bad for business. We d ...

How Do You Love Your Neighbors When They're 'Bad' People?
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

How do you love your neighbor when your neighbors sell drugs and exploit young women? I’m serious — this is a legitimate question that I am asking myself a lot lately and I am not sure I have the answer. ...

A Spiritual Glossary of Debt
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

It is economically sensible to have debt. It is not economically sensible to throw debtors in jail, psychologically, spiritually, or actually. The goal of the following glossary is to get the question of debt ...