The Common Good
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With both Republicans and Democrats speaking out on poverty and the recession slowly receding, this should be an opportunity to find the focus, commitment, and strategies that could effectively reduce and ultimately eliminate the shameful facts of poverty in the world’s richest nation.

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In the heart of every man and woman is the desire for a full life, including that irrepressible longing for fraternity which draws us to fellowship with others and enables us to see them not as enemies or rivals, but as brothers and sisters to be accepted and embraced.

Infographic by Brandon Hook / Sojourners

Recent studies from both the Urban Institute and the Pew Forum tell the story of America's growing racial wealth gap. View and share this stunning infographic and read the important piece by Otis Moss III: "Poverty, when attached to race, is the original sin of America."

A recent Pew poll revealed a significant shift in American families. Four in 10 of this country’s households now rely primarily on the income of women. This is both good news and bad.

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Conservatives love to tell folks that the best way to end poverty, homelessness, and need is through the work and generosity of private individuals, not through government programs. ... Yet in a stroke of cruel hypocrisy, when charities actually address these issues in real life ... they are threatened with arrest.

About Sojourners Poverty & Budget

Budgets are moral documents. How a nation spends its resources is not fundamentally about economics or politics, but reflective of the values it holds.  As Jesus tells us in Matthew 25, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Christians are called to care for the poor and vulnerable. Our concern for the least among us follows directly from our faith. It is at the very heart of the Gospel.

Our leaders often ignore the voices of those living in poverty. Wealthy special interests, large corporations, and those with political power influence the system for their own gain. Sojourners seeks to lift up those who aren’t being heard to create a world where justice can roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

As policymakers continue to fight about fiscal and budget issues, we have joined with a diverse group of Christian organizations to form a Circle of Protectionthat calls upon our elected leaders to protect programs that serve the most vulnerable in our nation and around the world.

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