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Jim Wallis Talks Food Stamps Recipients on Ed Show: 'You Must Not Know Them'
Originally Posted: 09/27/2013 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Last night, Jim Wallis appeared on "The Ed Show" to discuss why it's imperative to avoid cutting social programs like food stamps that feed millions of poor and hungry in our country. ...

The Sequester: Pocket Change?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

This is not responsible governing. This is not even responsible debate. This is a case of policymakers telling blatant falsehoods to disguise the fact that they did nothing to protect programs like WIC and Mea ...

Our Pastoral Letter on the Budget — And My Hope for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

The sequester battle is a good but tragic example of how the idea of the common good is failing in American politics. The sequester battle is a good but tragic example of how the ...

Churches Can't Be the Primary Social Safety Net
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

Religion reporter Amy Sullivan has an interesting piece in The New Republic today on the politics surround the deep cuts to government food programs being proposed by the House Agriculture Committee. ...

Cuts to Hunger Programs Threaten Children and Families
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

Anti-poverty advocates and members of Congress are speaking out against proposed cuts to anti-hunger programs being considered in the broader political tussle over the Farm Bill. ...

Nuns On the Bus Takes the Sisters' Message Through U.S.
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

A group of Catholic Sisters set off for the Nuns on the Bus tour, speaking out against the House Republican budget that cuts funding for safety net programs and hurts those already in poverty. ...

"Temporary" Recession-Era Cuts Not So Temporary
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

States that said recession-era cuts to education and health care were unavoidable and temporary are now using budget surpluses, not to restore school funding, but to cut taxes. Fr ...

Mother's Week: Undervaluing Women
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

For most of the other 364 days of the year, the lives of women and mothers are undervalued. There is a beautiful story that some Christians have learned to tell about motherhood. ...

Plowshares into Swords
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the House Agriculture Committee cut $33 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps). Under a mandate from the budget resolution pa ...

A Parable for Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Jim DeMint recently released a plan to cut the federal deficit with $4.2 trillion in spending cuts. And guess what he wants to cut? Sen. Jim DeMint recently released a pla ...

The Morning SoJo: Of Supercommittees and Such
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

Rather than the opinions of individual pundits, here’s a roundup of what the editors of some of the nation’s largest newspapers had to say this week about the failure of the “Supercommittee.” Some blame Republ ...

Supercommittee's Failure is a Moral Failure
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

The failure of the Congressional Supercommittee to put forth any kind of plan for addressing our nation’s long term deficits is a sign of how dysfunctional our political system has become. ...

This is our Watch: Circle Up!
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Do we want to be the kind of America that protects $44 billion in subsidies for oil and gas companies while cutting $47 billion in energy grants to help poor families heat their homes in the winter? ...

Supercommittee SuperFAIL: Raise Your Hand If You Didn't See That Coming?
Originally Posted: 11/21/2011 - 6:24pm | Type: Blog

A special congressional supercommittee acknowledged failure Monday in efforts to cut the federal deficit by at least $1.2 trillion. BREAKING NEWS: In statement, debt p ...

Fighting Back Against Harmful Cuts
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, Congress passed the 2012 Agricultural Appropriations Bill or “minibus” as it has come to be called. Yesterday, Congress passed the 2012 Agricultural Appropriations Bi ...

New Poll: Majority of White Evangelicals Oppose Cutting Federal Programs that help the Poor
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

A new poll released this morning by Public Religion Research Institute shows that a majority of white evangelicals are opposed to cutting federal anti-poverty programs for the poor and nearly three-quarters of ...

Newt Gingrich Is Right
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

Newt Gingrich is right. Not about most things, but he is, at least, about the superficial state of our political discourse. Newt Gingrich is right. Not about most things, but he i ...

A Real Tribute for Veterans? Increase Their Benefits.
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

Can we hope that in all the flowery speeches that will be given today by politicians, hailing veterans as heroes who served their country, they will pledge to increase rather than cut benefits? That would a fi ...

Post G20, Let's Not Forget the "Other" 99 Percent in the Developing World
Originally Posted: 11/09/2011 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Nearly 8 million children under the age of five die every year due to preventable malnutrition and disease.These children constitute the real and too often forgotten 99 percent. ...

Human Circles of Protection: 16, 23, 24 is the Combination to Guard the Needy Against Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

With the Nov. 23 deadline looming for Congress's final decisions about deep cuts to the federal budget, on Nov. 16 throughout the nation people will form human circles of protection to physically surround ...

Behind the Numbers: We Are Mobilizing!
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Do the numbers 917 billion, 1.5 trillion, 690 billion, 98 billion, and 32 mean anything to you? Do the numbers 917 billion, 1.5 trillion, 690 billion, 98 billion, and 32 mean an ...

A History Lesson for Herman Cain
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Dear Herman, On September 28, you actually called African-Americans "brainwashed" for their support of the Democratic Party. Dear Herman, On September 28, you ...

Missing Servant Leaders on Corporate Tax Responsibility
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

We're sorely missing the servant leadership of America's CEOs on matters of corporate taxation. We're sorely missing the servant leadership of America's CEOs o ...

Latin American Churches Criticize U.S. Budget Debate, Support 'Circle of Protection'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

More than 140 prominent Protestant leaders from 12 Latin American countries have signed an "open letter to the Christian churches of the United States," asking American Christians to stand with &qu ...

Why is America Cutting Emergency Food Aid in the Middle of a Famine?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When I first visited Ethiopia at the height of the 1984 famine, I watched as twenty-four people died of starvation in less than fifteen minutes, right in front of my eyes. When ...

Poverty, Treasure Islands, and Global Tax Dodgers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 John Hilliard | more info (via: Wylio)As Christians concerned about poverty, it is time to turn our full attention to the injustices of an "offshore tax system" that enables cor ...

Listen to Your Pastors: 4,000 of Them Want a Moral Budget
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

As the federal debt ceiling standoff threatens to cause an economic catastrophe for our nation, more than 4,000 pastors across the country are opposing proposed immoral budget cuts that harm the most vulnerabl ...

Debt Showdown Reveals an Out-of-Touch Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

God only knows what alternative universe the United States Congress occupies. On May 31, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a bill to raise the debt limit of the United States. ...

What is the Circle of Protection?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the leaders of more than 50 Christian denominations and organizations drew a line in the sand of the budget debate, and asked our political leaders to do the same. Ye ...

Leaders Create Alliance to Defend Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Piercing through the bitter, partisan bickering regarding the nation's budget, an unprecedented and diverse group of Christian leaders announced today the forming of a Circle of Protection agains ...

UPDATED: The Hunger Fast Resource Post
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/06/the-hunger-fast-resource-post-updated/" target="_self"></a></p> <p>Tuesday, April 26</p> ...

Breaking the Fast, Building the Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On Easter weekend, I will break my fast. I will have spent almost four weeks drinking only liquids. But, as is often true of fasts, what has been gained is far greater than anything given up. ...

America's National Humiliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started fasting, calling people of faith and conscience to do the same.</p> Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started f ...

Homeless Men and Women Donate $1,000 to the Hunger Fast Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/15/homeless-men-and-women-donate-1000-to-the-hunger-fast-movement/" target="_self"></a>A quilt hangs in the dining and fellowship ...

Woe to You, Legislators!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It is <a href="http://nymag.com/print/?/news/politics/70282/index1.html" target="_blank">reported</a> that Congressman Paul Ryan makes every member of his staff read philosopher ...

Video: Moby and MoveOn Protest Budget Cuts Against the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/13/video-moby-and-moveon-protest-budget-cuts-against-the-poor/" target="_self"></a>As artist and musician Moby states at the begin ...

Friday Links Round Up: The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts. Here� ...

Faith Leaders Announce Fasting, Prayer, and Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/28/faith-leaders-announce-fasting-prayer-and-action/" target="_self"></a>Facing scribbling reporters and flashing cameras at a pac ...

Why I am Beginning a Fast Today
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<ol> <li>Because I am an evangelical Christian and the root of the word "evangelical" is found in the opening statement of Jesus in Luke 4, where Christ says he has come to bring "&l ...

A Grassroots Call to Tackle Corporate Tax Dodging
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Across the United States, there is a new movement emerging to dramatize the immorality of corporate tax dodging in the face of drastic budget cuts.</p> Across the United Sta ...

The Hypocrisy of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The U.S. just started another war. We're good at starting wars. We're not good at ending them, but we start them really well. They say this is for "humanitarian" reasons. Aren't they ...

Study on Budget Cuts Finds Evangelicals' Social Priorities 'Have Faded'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100302-evangelicals-federa.jpg"></a>According to a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/702/" target="_blank">new survey ...

What Would Jesus Cut?
Originally Posted: 08/21/2011 - 10:10am | Type: Media

Jim Wallis Jim Wallis: What Would Jesus Cut? PBS: Religion and ...

An Open Letter to Speaker Boehner
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Dear Mr. Speaker,</p> Dear Mr. Speaker, This past Sunday, you gave a speech to the National Religious Broadcasters annual conference and said that cutting spending is th ...

Sojourners Supporters and Partners Challenge Congress on Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/28/sojourners-supporters-and-partners-challenge-congress-on-budget-cuts/" target="_self"></a>Thanks to Sojourners supporters and o ...

Budgets Are Still Moral Documents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/10/budget-cuts-and-bad-faith/" target="_blank">What Would Jesus Cut?</a>" campaign, launched by Jim Wallis and the good peop ...

This is Not Fiscal Conservatism. It's Just Politics.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The current budget and deficit debate in America is now dominating the daily headlines. There is even talk of shutting down the government if the budget-cutters don't get their way. ...

Obama's Budget Battle Hurts the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama released his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/02/15/us/politics/15obama-doc.html" target="_blank">budget proposal</a> Monday, officially staking ...

Child Care Cuts Force Parents Back on Welfare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

With middle-class families mostly worrying about how they are surviving this Great Recession, and with the political leaders who want their votes aiming spins at them, there hasn't been much attent ...

A New Direction for Juvenile Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. ...