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Sojourners Magazine: June 2017

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Since the 1970s, Sojourners has reported on the involvement of Filipino Christians in movements against repressive regimes in their nation. Christians who spoke out were branded as communists, and many were tortured and killed. But the Filipino church, though pressed, was never crushed. In this issue, Eric Stoner reports on faith-based opposition to Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines' president who positioned himself as a "tough on crime" political outsider. A network of faith communities is documenting the widespread killings and advocating more humane ways of dealing with the country's drug problem. Of course, the Philippines isn't the only country grappling with right-wing authoritarian leaders. As Stoner notes, the Filipino model has much to teach the rest of us about patient work of resistance. 

Cover Story

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President Duterte has been called the 'Filipino Trump.' He's worse. But resistance is growing. 
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An interview with Father Benjamin E. Alforque, convener of the church-based Filipino group Rise Up for Life and for Rights. 

Feature

According to current U.S. policies, white wealthy homeowners deserve government support on housing. Low-income renters of color? Not so much.
Against the odds, transgender Christians persevere. 

Commentary

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And why they're a bad model for the social safety net.
U.S. military strikes in Yemen are feeding the rise of al Qaeda. 
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Grassroots leaders from around the world gather in California in response to Pope Francis' call. 

Columns

Your new black, white, Asian, Latino, or Native friend doesn’t give you a pass.
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Trump's 'Muslim ban' institutionalizes America's majority anti-Muslim sentiment. 
The seemingly pathological lying of the president is a moral and a religious crisis. 
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False hope is found in a thousand Facebook posts. 

Culture Watch

How Wall Street raiders helped create small-town despair. 
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. Spiegel & Grau.
A review of 'Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual (For a Sexist Workplace),' by Jessica Bennett. Harper Wave.
Excerpt from When God Was Flesh and Wild: Stories in Defense of the Earth by Bob Haverluck. 
Public broadcasting has become a crucial part of the national supply system for real news. 
Four June cultural recommendations from our editors.
Hirokazu Koreeda's films have skirted magical realism. His most recent film portrays cosmic and serving love. 

Departments

Notes on making the June 2017 issue of Sojourners.
Letters to the editor from Sojourners readers
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Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A