Andrew Wilkes

Andrew Wilkes is the principal of Wilkes Advocacy Group, a PhD student in political science at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and the former Executive Director of the Drum Major Institute. Wilkes also served as an associate pastor of young adults and social justice at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, a Sojourners policy and organizing fellow, and a 2010-11 Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. He is the proud husband of Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and a graduate of Hampton University and Princeton Theological Seminary. 

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A More Excellent Way

by Andrew Wilkes 03-02-2009

It is often pointed out that some of the places most lacking in hope are not the industrial wastelands or the bleak landscapes shorn of beauty, but the places where there is too much mo

Hip-Hop Holy Land

by Andrew Wilkes 12-01-2008

In Disciples of the Street, Eric Gutierrez weaves three storylines into a narrative about the role of hip-hop in Christian ministry.

Invisible Evangelicals' Insight on the Common Good

by Andrew Wilkes 08-27-2008

Evangelical women and minorities, it seems, exist on the muted margins of political discourse in America. If a justice revival is to sweep over America once more, from the suburban megachurch to the urban storefront church, then Christians must pursue a vision of the common good for all -- and not the common good of a few.

The public narratives of the media often chronicle the broadening social concerns of white [...]

Celebrating the National Housing Trust Fund

by Andrew Wilkes 08-05-2008

At long last the wheels of Washington have rolled out a bill to address the housing crisis! On July 30, President Bush signed the Housing and Economy Recovery Act into law. Despite its imperfections, the bill establishes an important provision for extremely low-income Americans -- the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NHTF).

This fund will provide much-needed resources for [...]

Holy Impatience and the Foreclosure Prevention Act

by Andrew Wilkes 07-25-2008

Impatience can be destructive. But it can also be a catalyst to work for social change. In this sense, one could argue that impatience can be holy in some respects. As a Sojourners intern, this summer is my introduction to Capitol Hill, to the rich landscape of D.C., and, yes, to the bewilderingly slow grind of Washington politics.

For the last month or so, I have been tracking the progress of proposals to address the housing crisis.

A Responsible Withdrawal From Iraq

by Andrew Wilkes 07-08-2008

Recently, I participated in a conference call based on a report from The Task Force For A Responsible Withdrawal From Iraq. The report argued that the United States can and should do the following: quickly withdraw American military forces from Iraq, "carefully pursue diplomatic remedies for the Iraq crisis," and "generously give to help rebuild Iraq in the long run." For the policy wonks, the report offers

"Those People": Humanizing the Health Care Debate

by Andrew Wilkes 06-24-2008

Recently I had the privilege of attending a health-care debate at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Inspired by Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters, two groups of five people debated the following resolution: Government-sponsored health care programs should be expanded to cover the uninsured. The group arguing against the aforementioned resolution carried the day. They dismantled their opposition by critiquing [...]

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