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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 ...

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 ...

U.S. Unemployment Claims at Highest Level in 6 Weeks
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

A week after reaching a five year low, Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose by 32,000. A week after reaching a five-year low, Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose ...

Senate Committee Passes $500 Billion Farm Bill
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

Tuesday the Senate Agriculture Committee passed a new five-year farm bill. The bill cuts subsidy payments and the food stamp program while expanding crop insurance. Tuesday the S ...

INFOGRAPHIC: The Racial Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Recent studies from both the Urban Institute and the Pew Forum tell the story of America's growing racial wealth gap. In the May issue of Sojourners magazine, Otis Moss III talked about the unjust trend. ...

Mothers, Families Tell Struggles of Living on Minimum Wage
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Jane works at a homeless shelter in Atlanta, which pays a little more than her previous minimum wage job. Her lights have been turned off four times in the past year, and she has had to rely on friends and a s ...

Ending Extreme Poverty in Three Charts
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The Brookings Institute recenlty released a report about the prospects of ending extreme poverty (living on less than $1.25 a day) by 2030. The study found economic progress of a country and income equality as ...

New Farm Bill Leans on Food Stamps
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

A new farm bill proposed by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas would save billions over the next ten years but also cut funding to food stamps. House Agriculture Com ...

John Nichols: Sequester pain cuts deeper than flight delays
Originally Posted: 05/06/2013 - 4:53pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2013 Sojo in the News John Nichols ...

The Art of Marketing Social Justice
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

The television flashes images of a skeletal little girl whose ribs seem to be popping out of her ballooning stomach as she sits in a pile of mud and stares at the camera with large pleading eyes. A “1-800” num ...

Sojo Stories: Immunizing 250 Million Children By 2015
Originally Posted: 05/03/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

The GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership aimed at increasing worldwide access to immunizations, has a goal of reaching 250 million children by 2015. Dr. Mercy Ahun, GAVI special representative in Geneva ...

Public Education for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

In early April, advocates for public education traveled to Washington D.C. for Occupy the Department of Education (Occupy the DOE). Students, parents, educators, and community members came together to protest ...

On Scripture: A Sinkhole of Debt
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

Student debt recently passed the $1 trillion dollar mark. According to the Pew Research Center, while student loan debt has grown for everyone, the debt falls heaviest on the poor, with those in the lowest qui ...

Workers Die in Building Collapse
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

More than 400 workers die in Bangladesh building collapse. Last Tuesday, a building in Dhaka, Bangladesh that housed five garment factories collapsed, resulting in more than 400 ...

More Than 100 Million Women Lead Migrant Workers Worldwide
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

If migrants worldwide were their own country, it would be the fifth most populous in the world today. More than 100 million are women. If migrants and refugees worldwide were thei ...

An Invocation for May Day
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

The following is the text of an invocation being given at the May Day Rally in Madison, Wis. Editor's Note : The following is the text of an invocation being given a ...

Obama Administration Simplifies Health Care Form
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

The first draft of form was confusing and complex so the Obama administration has created a simplified application for healthcare. The first draft of form was confusing and compl ...

USDA Expands SNAP Access at Farmers Markets
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Today a $4 million plan was announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The plan will increase the use of federal food credits at farmers markets by allowing retailers to use wireless technology to connec ...

Apocalypse Now!?
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 8:37am | Type: Blog

It’s true that the Book of Revelation was written almost 2,000 years ago. Those were the days of the Roman Empire – think Ben Hur and Spartacus. For sure, things have changed a lot since then. Yet, the more th ...

Wealth Gap Among Races Widened Since Recession
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

Annie Lowrey reporter for the New York Times, writes about a new study released by the Urban Institute. Annie Lowrey reporter for the New York Time s, writes about a new study ...

The Church Defends Amazon Environment, Threatened by Market Interests
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

The Church of 12 Latin American countries met in Ecuador to discuss environmental issues in Amazonia. The Ecclesial Network for the Amazon, a Catholic church network representing ...

Anesthetics and Advocates Below the Poverty Line
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 8:45am | Type: Blog

as an Advocate who accompanies humankind throughout struggles and sorrow (John 14:16). So one could argue ... As roughly 1.4 billion people around the world currently attempt survival on such limited resources, those ... that supports a particular cause, or from a biblical perspective (John 14:16), one that pleads the case ...

May 2013 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 12:05pm | Type: Product

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Pope Francis Redirects Employee Bonuses to Charity
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Vatican employees won’t receive the special bonus they are traditionally awarded when a new pope is elected, the Vatican confirmed on Thursday, under orders from Pope Francis to give extra money to charity ins ...