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Jim Wallis 3-30-2017

Jim Wallis speaks at U.S. Capitol vigil on March 29. Photo by JP Keenan / Sojourners

We celebrated the failure of a cruel bill. We celebrated our powerful unity across other theological and political differences and our clear opposition to cutting the poor out of the critical budget decisions which now lie ahead. Yes, we celebrated. But we remain vigilant.

3-30-2017

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Contact: Michael Mershon, Director of Advocacy and Communications

Phone: 202-745-4654

Email: mmershon@sojo.net 

March 29, 2017

Today, a diverse group of Christian leaders held a press conference and prayer vigil on Capitol Hill to protest proposed legislation that would disproportionally harm poor and vulnerable people. The leaders are members of the Circle of Protection, a broad coalition from all the families of U.S. Christianity who have come together around the biblical mandate to protect poor people

Image via RNS/Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World

With ashes on their foreheads, sackcloth draped around their necks, and the U.S. Capitol as a backdrop, Christians leaders used the words “evil” and “immoral” to describe the federal budget cuts President Trump has proposed and many Republican lawmakers favor.

“It is a time for lamentation,” said the Rev. David Beckmann, explaining the symbols of grief the clergy brought to Capitol Hill on March 29.

6-08-2016

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Contact: Michael Mershon, Director of Advocacy and Communications

Phone: 202-745-4654

Email: mmershon@sojo.net

1-13-2016

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12-18-2015

A coalition of diverse Christian leaders working together to help hungry and poor people in the U.S. praised congressional negotiators for including key anti-poverty provisions in this week's spending and tax agreements.

The Circle of Protection had called on Congress to make previous improvements to the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit permanent. They declared the passage of a bill making that happen a "major victory" for low-income working families.

12-17-2015

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10-27-2015

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9-11-2015

The vituperative attacks on the War on Poverty sound a little gleeful or mean-spirited or nutty—sometimes all three. A quick review of recent press coverage would lead almost anyone to think that Head Start, Legal Services, community health centers, food stamps, ESEA Title I support for education, the Job Corps, and a host of other programs had no connection to the War on Poverty but materialized sui generis to provide vital services to the poor.

6-16-2015
As Jeb Bush begins his presidential campaign, the Circle of Protection is asking him what he would do to help hungry and poor people if elected.
6-16-2015
As Donald Trump launches his presidential campaign today, the Circle of Protection is asking him what he would do to help hungry and poor people if elected.
6-08-2015
As Lincoln Chafee begins his presidential campaign, the Circle of Protection is asking him what he would do to help and provide opportunity for hungry and poor people if elected.
6-08-2015
The Circle of Protection today asked Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry what he would do to help and provide opportunity for hungry and poor people if elected.
6-01-2015
As Lindsey Graham begins his presidential campaign, the Circle of Protection is asking him what he would do to provide help and opportunity for hungry and poor people if elected.
6-01-2015
As Martin O’Malley begins his presidential campaign, the Circle of Protection is asking him what he would do to provide help and opportunity for hungry and poor people if elected.
5-29-2015
As George Pataki launches his presidential campaign, the Circle of Protection is asking him what he would do to provide help and opportunity for hungry and poor people if elected.
5-27-2015
As Rick Santorum launches his presidential campaign, the Circle of Protection is asking him what he would do to provide help and opportunity for hungry and poor people if elected.
5-15-2015
This week, Washington saw a high-profile example of another new way conservative evangelicals and Catholics are teaming up in public more — a summit around poverty.
Greg Williams 5-14-2015
Image via Kukhmar/shutterstock.com

Image via Kukhmar/shutterstock.com

Robert Putnam, who spoke this Monday at Georgetown for the Catholic-Evangelical Summit on Overcoming Poverty, gives a great stump speech for poor kids who are falling through the cracks in our society. So much so that moderator John Carr described Putnam as an Old Testament prophet with charts — Isaiah, with a good grasp of Powerpoint.

Our culture has been terrible at providing opportunities to poor children. Putnam’s data finds that poor children have fewer chances to do well in school and less parental involvement, and are generally isolated from society and even from church. With this background, we shouldn’t be surprised that children who are born into poverty have trouble finishing college and building a stable, prosperous life.

Putnam calls this the "chief moral crisis of our time." 

5-12-2015
On Monday in Washington, a diverse group of 120 political, religious and civic leaders including President Obama will gather at Georgetown University for a three-day Catholic-Evangelical leadership summit on poverty, in large part thanks to Pope Francis.

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