circle of protection

11-22-2017
Washington, D.C., November 22, 2017 – Christian leaders from all the families of U.S. Christianity are concerned that the tax bill being considered in Congress will cause harm to people in poverty. Below are statements from leaders of the Circle of Protection. The statements follow a letter the Circle of Protection sent to members of Congress recently. It reads in part: 

Jim Wallis 8-01-2017

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I’m grateful for the 10 governors — Republican and Democrat — who wrote to senators asking them to reject the so-called “skinny repeal” because of how it would affect their residents.

I’m grateful for the thousands of you who heeded Sojourners’ call and contacted your member of Congress to voice your opposition to any bill that would hurt the poor with devastating cuts to Medicaid.

Carlos Malavé 6-28-2017

 

Coming together from all streams of American Christianity to speak in opposition to cuts on the safety-net programs is no minor achievement. We have a widespread consensus on the priority of providing essential life saving support to poor people in our country. We also agree in that the ultimate goal is to create a just society in which everyone live an abundant life that includes meaningful work with fair salaries, affordable health care and education, and time for leisure and recreation.

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

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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.

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