The Common Good

Media Advisories and Press Releases

03/08/2013
After meeting with President Barack Obama and other faith leaders to discuss immigration reform Rev. Jim Wallis, the President and CEO of Sojourners, has released the following statement:
02/25/2013
As the political blame game for the March 1 sequester heats up, nearly a 100 national Christian leaders released a pastoral letter to President Obama and the leaders of Congress calling for an end to the political brinksmanship that is slowing the nation’s economic recovery. The letter asks both the Democrats and Republicans to replace poverty with opportunity.
02/13/2013
Response from Jim Wallis to President Obama's State of the Union Address. Calls on lawmakers from both parties to find common ground for the common good. Rev. Jim Wallis, the President and CEO of Sojourners, has released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address tonight:
01/29/2013
REV. JIM WALLIS COMMENDS ACTION FROM CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA Wallis declares now is the time for immigration reform In response to President Obama’s speech on comprehensive immigration reform, Rev. Jim Wallis has released the following statement:
01/28/2013
REV. JIM WALLIS AFFIRMS CITIZENSHIP PRINCIPLES FROM GANG OF EIGHT Wallis Reinforces Evangelicals’ Efforts to ‘Welcome the Stranger’ In response to today’s announcement from the Gang of Eight on the agreed upon principles for comprehensive immigration reform, Rev. Jim Wallis has released the following statement:
01/10/2013
On Monday, Jan. 14, during a telephonic press conference, the Evangelical Immigration Table, a group of influential evangelicals who support immigration reform, will reach out to political leaders and more than 100,000 churches as it launches the “I Was a Stranger” immigration prayer challenge.
12/18/2012
Christian Leaders Call for New Revenue to Protect Programs Serving Low-Income People
11/20/2012
In the midst of the deficit reduction debate Christian leaders and the heads of some of the nation’s largest charitable organizations, including Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army, released an open letter to Congress today calling for a plan that protects low-income families. The letter states: “We pray during this season, in which we give thanks and offer gifts, that you will advance policies that protect the poor — not ones that make them poorer.”
11/19/2012
Leaders from the Circle of Protection will hold a press call on Tuesday, November 20th, to release an open letter to Congress and the President. The letter calls on leaders to protect the poor in their deficit talks in the upcoming fiscal cliff negotiations. Participants on the call will discuss legislative action and a call to advocacy for the poor in connection with the traditional holiday food baskets.
11/16/2012
In response to the impending fiscal cliff, as well as coalition meetings with President Obama, Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners has released the following statement:
11/13/2012
Leaders from across the evangelical community came together today to release open letters to President Obama and to the House and Senate leadership, seeking action on immigration policy. On a press call this morning, leaders discussed the implications of the 2012 election and their plans for harnessing the growing consensus in the evangelical community around reform.
Sojourners 10/16/2012
Today in Washington, Sojourners released a study focused on young evangelicals. Meant to explore the post-Culture War politics of a generation of young, civically engaged Christians, the study detailed several emerging dynamics. The demographic overview showed mostly single, highly educated self-identifying evangelical Christians, 92% of which attended church once or more per week. The study asked about both church and civic life, and found that while 61% of respondents heard about homosexuality from the pulpit within the last year, 73% heard about poverty from the pulpit. The study also notes that, like the general public, 60% list both economic issues like jobs and budget issues as one of the two most important issues in deciding their vote in the 2012 election, countering the conventional wisdom that evangelicals vote predominantly on social issues.
10/10/2012
Washington, D.C. is the latest city to see Sojourners’ “Love Your Muslim Neighbors” campaign. The campaign counters the American Freedom Defense Initiative’s hateful anti-Muslim ads, which read, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad,” which were first displayed in New York City, but have now spread to the District’s Metro system. Washington Metro Area Transit Authority delayed displaying the offensive ads, but was ordered last week by District Judge Rosemary Collyer to produce them. Sojourners has launched a fundraising campaign to bring their "Love Your Muslim Neighbors" ad campaign to the D.C. Metro system. After an overwhelmingly positive response, Sojourners announced today that they will buy two ads, which should be up on or around Monday, October 15, one in the Georgia Avenue/Pentworth station, and one in the U Street station.
10/04/2012
The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo is the most recent site of violence and vandalism against religious minorities in America, specifically Muslims. As a result of arson attack on Sunday, Sept. 30, Sojourners is calling on Christians to stand up against the hatred. Continuing a billboard and ad campaign with reaches from Wisconsin to New York City, Sojourners is erecting a billboard near the destroyed Perrysburg mosque that reads “Love Your Muslim Neighbors.”
Sojourners 09/26/2012
Over 1,100 Nationwide Screenings--Attendees Will Push Poverty as Central Election Issue Significant Screenings in Key States: Virginia, Colorado, Florida, Ohio.
09/26/2012
Christians across the country are standing up to counter anti-Muslim ads running in the New York City subway system. City transit officials have cited the ads as hate speech, but a federal judge ruled that the ads are protected by the constitution. Sojourners has launched a fundraising campaign to bring their "Love Your Muslim Neighbor" ad campaign to the NYC subway system. The ad campaign has been running since July in hotspots for religious tension across the United States.
Sojourners 09/20/2012
EMERGING VOICES: NEWEST SOJOURNERS INITIATIVE Rev. Wallis Announces New National Program to Mentor and Lift up Young Leaders
Sojourners 09/20/2012
STEM Encouraging, but Not Enough Faith values call for comprehensive immigration reform
09/12/2012
As the U.S. Census Bureau releases its annual poverty figures, faith leaders from the Circle of Protection will release exclusive videos from President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney stating their positions on hunger and poverty.