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Republican Budget is an Immoral Document
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

To reward the rich even more while actually punishing the poor is a direct offense to all of our religious traditions. Editor's Note: The following remarks were given ...

Faith Leaders Tell Congress to 'Get a Conscience'
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

Faith leaders on Wednesday gathered on Capitol Hill to release a letter calling on Congress to extend the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) — programs aimed at keeping the poor and mos ...

'As You Sow, So Shall You Reap'
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Gronski Will Congress cut food stamps, conservation, and the farmer safety net—or fail to pass a Farm Bill at all? ...

From the Archives: August 1981
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 10:45am | Type: Magazine Article

Dolores Arroyo King Space in Our Home Once upon a time, Anthony, with a bulging grocery bag full of clothes u ...

Rotten to the Core
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman With political integrity drowning in big money, it's too late for small tweaks. The whole system needs a reboot. ...

More Bullish Than You Think
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Gar Alperovitz Want some economic good news? Credit unions, employee-owned business, public banks—the "new economy" is breaking ...

Let's Hold the Rich and Powerful Accountable
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

If respect and compensation were determined by actual performance and contributions to the social good, these folks would be in jail or standing in unemployment lines. Here's ...

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Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Product

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'I Come From Where They Come'
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I see the way Sandra loves our students, the way she knows their names. How she talks to them and helps them. I just want Sandra to know that someone noticed. Every school day jus ...

Forbes Columnist Responds to Edelman Poverty Piece
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

Writing in response to Peter Edelman's article on ending poverty in America, Tim Worstall counters. Writing in response to Peter Edelman's article on ending poverty in A ...

New York Times Columnist Asks: How Do We End Poverty?
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Peter Edelman writes on ending poverty. Peter Edelman writes for The New York Times : We have the ingredients. For one thing, the demographics of the electorate a ...

Is the End of Poverty in Sight?
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

The Associated Press reports on new analysis on global poverty. The Associated Press reports on new analysis on global poverty: Poverty across the planet will be virt ...

Romney May See an Evangelical 'Enthusiasm Gap'
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

Most Americans who know that Mitt Romney is Mormon say the presumptive GOP nominee’s faith doesn’t concern them. But a new poll indicates there may be an “enthusiasm gap” for Romney among white evangelicals, a ...

Rally to Restore Balance to the Budget Debate
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, members of the House spoke out against the House Agriculture Committee’s vote to cut SNAP benefits to working class Americans. On Wednesday, Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) rallied on the Senate-side to r ...

Laura Bush: Foreign Aid in U.S. "Moral Interest"
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

Former First Lady Laura Bush defends foreign aid. Former First Lady Laura Bush spoke with ABC News, expressing the importance of foreign aid and programs like the President' ...

Alabama Needs to Put People Before Profits
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

Living in poverty has always been a struggle, but in Alabama being poor could land you in prison. Living in poverty has always been a struggle, but in Alabama being poor could lan ...

Candidates Silent on Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Earl Ofari Hutchinson examines the impact of poverty on American economy. Earl Ofari Hutchinson writes for The Huffington Post : The devastating impact of poverty ...

Kids Hit Hard By Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

USA Today reports on a new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, called Kids Count. USA Today reports on a new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, called Kids Count: ...

Working in Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

Tuesday was the third anniversary of the last time the federal minimum wage was increased. Employee rights activists Mary Kay Henry and Christine L. Owens write for CN ...

The Temptations (and Trappings) of Silicon Valley’s Super-Rich
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 7:21am | Type: Blog

Forget Wall Street. Today's "best and brightest" are heading to California's Silicon Valley and New York's Silicon Alley, and to a few other tech-startup hot spots. ...

In Congress, a Bipartisan Effort to Hold Wall Street Accountable
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Bill would give securities regulator authority to levy tougher fines for alleged Wall Street criminals. Reuters reports: "Senators are planning to introduce a bi ...

Conservative Congressman defends Muslim-Americans, religious pluralism
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

More conservatives speak out against Michelle Bachmann's claims Huma Abedin is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Scott Keys reports for ThinkProgress :    ...

Social Justice Protester Dies Following Self-Immolation
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

Haifa man who set himself on fire in a social justice protest died Friday. On Friday, The New York Times reported: :Moshe Silman, the desperately indebted Haifa man w ...

Is There No Good Economic Reason To Get A Ph.D.?
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

I've been mulling over some of the news stories out there hyping either end of the (political?) reality of spending more money (and time, let's not forget time) on higher education. It leads me to a ...

Faith and Justice Connection: The Corruption of the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: Each month, Sojourners send out a Faith & Justice Newsletter to folks who are interested in intersection of faith and social action. This month, we pulled content from the magazine and ...

Free range farm workers?
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Many of us take great care of where our food comes from, whether it is organic and has been treated humanely. But do we take the same care over the workers who grow and pick that food? Apparently not, according to Salon : The food industry e ...

So just who is middle class?
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

The Associated Press reports on Presidential candidates attempts to sway the middle classes, and the lack of clarity about just who the middle class actually are: In a recent speech, President Barack Obama referred to the "middle class" 14 times, defining it as a family that makes ...

The Consequences of Opting Out of Medicaid
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

Writing for The Nation, Bryce Covert examines how state-level opt outs of Medicaid expansions will affect women. Writing for The Nation , Bryce Covert examines how stat ...

Millennials: A Generation Left Behind?
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

Writing for Newsweek Magazine, Joel Kotkin wonders if the Millennial generation will be remembered as the "screwed generation."   Writing for  Newsweek Magazine ...

'You Can Love Them:' A Child's Response to Homelessness
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

My wonderful second graders realized that we are responsible for each other, that love and care means making a way for children and families living in shelters, cars, and hotel rooms to have housing, food, clo ...

40-Hour Famine: Eyes Wide Open (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

release , 14 September 2010) 65 percent  of the world's hungry live in only seven ...

Tracking American Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

Interactive graphs with historical data on poverty. Ever wondered how the poverty rate has changed over the years?  And how that breaks down by various demographic categories? You ...

MAP: Employee-Owned Businesses in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Did you know that there are more than 10 million Americans involved in worker-owned companies? Take a look. ...

Three Ways to Rid Politics of Big Money
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 10:11am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Big money has corrupted our politics, and We the People want it fixed.   Corporations fronti ...

Cutting Assistance Programs Undermines the Church's Work
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 6:25pm | Type: Blog

If we ignore the needy in our midst by getting rid of one huge way to address that need, we are not following Jesus’ example. On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee failed ...

'I Expect Better of the Congress:' Rep. McGovern on SNAP Cuts
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

It is false to say that these cuts won’t affect benefits or that they are merely closing loopholes. They will result in less food for hungry, low-income Americans – period. Ed ...

Will the Real Ms. Middle Class Please Stand Up?
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

What if the Jesus followers being disingenuously propped up as middle class demanded that their legislators tell the truth? Back in the day, there was a television show called “To ...

Is the Robin Hood Tax the Answer?
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

Celebrities, pastors, and community leaders think the Robin Hood tax—taxing less than half of 1 pecent on Wall Street transactions— is the answer. Politicians, pundits, concerned ...

Let's Talk About population
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Mother Jones on the last taboo - population. Mother Jones on the last taboo - population: "The United Nations projects that world population will stabilize at 9. ...

Living in Poverty in America's Poorest City
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

NPR report on the plight of the poorest in Reading, Pa. - the poorest city in the United States. NPR report on the plight of the poorest in Reading, PA - the poorest city ...

Cuts to Hunger Programs Threaten Children and Families
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

Anti-poverty advocates and members of Congress are speaking out against proposed cuts to anti-hunger programs being considered in the broader political tussle over the Farm Bill. ...

How Do We Improve Work-Family Balance?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

The Nation comments on workplaces' failure to adjust to family responsibilities. From The Nation : "One might expect that the workplace would have adapted to ...

What Do the President's Tax Proposals Mean for Us?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Writing for The Atlantic, Derek Thompson takes a look at what the President's tax plan actually does. Writing for The Atlantic , Derek Thompson takes a look at wha ...

Confessions of a Poverty Pimp
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

Last week was the first time I have ever been called a “poverty pimp” in front God and everyone—in public. It certainly got my attention!   Last week was the first time I have ...

Dollars By the Gallon
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

How long does it take wage earners to earn a gallon of milk? You probably have a gallon of milk in your fridge.  It might be fat free, soy, or maybe even 1 percent. Most o ...

NYT: Struggling in the Suburbs
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

A New York Times op-ed this week examined the growing phenomenon of poverty in the suburbs. A New York Times op-ed this week examined the growing phenomenon of poverty in ...

Committing to End Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

It's time to stop ignoring the poor. Writing for The Huffington Post last Friday, Richard C. Leone asks: "So is a renewal of the war against poverty in ...

Affordable Care Act Is a Step in the Right Direction
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

I don’t talk much about the Affordable Care Act in day-to-day conversation, even with the Supreme Court’s decision last week to uphold its constitutionality. In fact, I try to avoid it. It’s just not a convers ...

QUIRK: Morabund Walmart + Ingenuity = Award-Winning Public Library
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

From the folks at Gawker... After Walmart closed up shop in McAllen, they left 124,500 square feet of retail space behind for use by the city. Rather than bring in another big box corporation to pic ...