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Sojourners Magazine: May 2009

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How does your economy grow? That’s a question a lot of us are asking these days. For ideas and insights on how to build an economy that’s based on community, justice, and sustainability, read the articles to the left or watch and listen to these web extras!

Listen to Majora Carter as she shares her favorite story of how a community garden transformed the life of a formerly incarcerated green-collar worker.

Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, talks about how buying local is the best way to combat the economic crisis in this video interview with Sojourners.

Listen to Charlotte Brody talk about why she joined Green for All and how spirituality influences the work they do.

Check out these stories from the global South about how global warming is already harming people in poor nations, and suggestions for how to respond.

Read an excerpt from Van Jones' book, The Green Collar Economy.

Ed Spivey Jr. talks about receiving an e-mail from President Obama in this month's H'rumphs video.

Cover Story

How Green For All is building a nationwide green-collar economy.
Whether it's the South Bronx or rural North Carolina, visionary activist Majora Carter argues that cleaning up our act is good for us -- and the economy.

Feature

Chicago's Wilbur Wright College helps workers turn blue collars to green.
Auto idolatry and casino economics have left Detroit tottering on the brink. What will it take for Motown to rise again?
The next step for the climate change movement.

Commentary

Amid deepening poverty and a crashing ecosystem, we need a new way of doing business.

Columns

I hold in my hand a printout of the e-mail I just received from Barack Obama.
Several years ago, faced with a disastrous federal budget proposal, So­jou­rn­ers started using the phrase “budgets are moral documents.” That phrase has now entered the com
What's the unique contribution of religion to the 'green economy'?

Culture Watch

A rough economy, changing reading habits, and a planet in peril are forcing book publishers to retool the way they do business.
Books get a second life in a global library.
Books on the environment, the economy, and equity.
The future of Appalachia -- and the planet -- depends on unseating King Coal.

Departments

One of several tender nerves I have is when people expound the benefits of space exploration and study. And yet, as Ed Spivey Jr.
I appreciated Rose Berger’s column (“Tackling the Unspeakable,” Feb­ruary 2009) and her interview with Jim Douglass about John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for May.
“Stingy Givers” (a review by J.
I thought Ruth Haley Barton’s article (“Make a Joyful Silence,” February 2009) was awesome.

Web Extra

Bill McKibben is an author and co-founder of 350.org.
Whether it's the South Bronx or rural North Carolina, visionary activist Majora Carter argues that cleaning up our act is good for us -- and the economy.
Charlotte Brody, a former registered nurse, is a long-time activist who has spent much of her life fighting for reform in the health care industry.
Stories from the global South about how global warming is already harming people in poor nations, and suggestions for how to respond.
I hold in my hand a printout of the e-mail I just received from Barack Obama.
In The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems, environmental activist and leader Van Jones tackles the challenges of oil dependence, a sagging economy, and