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A Theology of Labor
Originally Posted: 09/02/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Instead of justifying forced labor like the exploitative gods of Egypt and the United States, the God of the Bible pushes us all to labor for justice as we take responsibility to care for the world and our fel ...

Pope Francis' Glaring Omission: Why Spiritual Leaders Must Champion Workers' Rights
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 2:44pm | Type: Press

March 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Jay Monaco ...

Global Churches Alliance for Bangladesh Garment Workers
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

Mary Priniski wrote in Sojourners about churches responding in solidarity with garment workers, now a global alliance has formed. Mary Priniski wrote in the August 2013  Sojourne ...

My Pilgrimage with Warehouse Workers
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Helene Slessarev-Jamir Immigration reform must include protection of workers' rights. EVERY TIME I fly i ...

An Invocation for May Day
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

The following is the text of an invocation being given at the May Day Rally in Madison, Wis. Editor's Note : The following is the text of an invocation being given a ...

Come With Me Into the Fields
Originally Posted: 06/04/2013 - 12:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick O'Neill In today's environment, there's little difference between farm labor organizing and immigration reform. ...

Woe To Those Who Make Unjust Laws
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

The right-to-work legislation that was passed by the House and the Senate in Michigan just this month is designed to break unions. It is designed to prevent workers from organizing. And we must oppose it as fi ...

May Day and the Occupation
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

Today is May Day – an historic day of protest and action for the working class. This year, in light of the Occupy movement, many are hopeful of the resurgence this day can bring in the fight for national again ...

A Robin Hood for Wall Street
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

With the opening of the G20 Summit in Cannes, France today, an idea that's been around for awhile is in the news again and gaining more attention as a result of the #OWS movement: The so-called " ...

What We Need to Do to Cut Poverty in Half in 10 Years
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

Top 10 Findings from Half in Ten's Inaugural Report Tracking Our Progress Reducing Poverty: Where We Are Today and What We Need to Do to Cut Poverty in Half in 10 Years T ...

Moving Money: Investing in a New World
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly a decade ago, we threw a party on Wall Street where we gave away $10,000 outside the Stock Exchange. Nearly a decade ago, we threw a party on Wall Street where we gave away ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Digital Hootenanny
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:53am | Type: Blog

In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple; By the relief office, I'd seen my people. As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, Is this land made for you and me? ...

Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is the manipulation of people, mostly poor women and children, through abuse, torture, rape, and violence, to be used as profit for others. In other words, it's slavery. It is here in th ...

How many slaves work for you?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 7:55pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the torrent of mail that flows into my in-box each day. Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the t ...

ICE Follies: 'Silent' Raids are Worse Than Useless
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

There are no whirring helicopters, law enforcement vehicles, or hundreds of federal agents swooping down on businesses as in days of old. There are no whirring helicopters, law ...

Life as a Homeless Youth
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When it comes to homeless youth the facts are simple, services in the City of Chicago are falling far behind the need. When it comes to homeless youth the facts are simple, servic ...

A Faith-Full Labor Day Weekend
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Socrates famously said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates famously said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Sometimes I wonder if the church that f ...

The Bookends of Life
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

There's something special about the bookends of our lifetimes. I became a first-time father seven months ago and a hospice chaplain just one month past. There's somethin ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Ahmed Wali Karzai. Veterans. NATO.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest news and developments related to ...

Should We Seek Our Dreams or God's Will?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When young people graduate, they're often told to follow their dreams. Change the world. After all, the sky's the limit. When young people graduate, they're often t ...

Why Your State Should Follow Utah's Example
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Reading the recent headlines of immigration news has hardly been uplifting, with multiple state legislatures attempting to pass <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/29/arizona-style-imm ...

Showcasing Unsung Heroes in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

During my interview in <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1012&amp;article=reel-struggles-for-justice" target="_blank"><em>Sojou ...

How Child Sex Trafficking is Being Overcome in the Philippines
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

One of the things that make the work of fighting global slavery so difficult is that people feel defeated by the sheer size and scope of the problem. One of the things that make t ...

Egypt: Another Step Towards Mainstreaming Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The movement that ended President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year autocratic rule has not only created a spectacular breakthrough for Egyptian democracy, it has bequeathed a priceless gift to the rest of u ...

Jordan Follows Egypt's Lead
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The excitement in Cairo -- including the biggest crowd yet today in Tahrir Square -- has made it difficult to follow the development of protests elsewhere in the Arab world. The e ...

Examples of Civility, Then and Now
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The calls for a more <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/civility/" target="_blank">civil discourse</a> in our public life spurred by the shooting in <a href="http://blog. ...

Political Games in Dead-Serious Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Some brief observations on the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/elections/" target="_blank">2010 election season</a> which, thankfully, has come to an end:</p> ...

We Won't Back Down from Beck
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Ah, the evils of "social justice"! Ah, the evils of "social justice"! Until recently, I bet most of you didn't realize how dangerous that concept is, and ...

When Winning an Election Undermines Democracy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> Some days, I miss getting a physical copy ...

No One is "Illegal"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/15/no-one-is-illegal/"></a>Today is a day of hope for immigration reform. More than 500 immigration activists and faith leaders have gathere ...

A Commentary on Caring for the Unemployed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

One of my Saturday morning rituals is to listen to NPR's Weekend Edition, hosted by my friend Scott Simon, during my morning work out. One of my Saturday morning rituals is t ...

All Who Labor
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lauren F. Winner Is Sabbath only for the privileged few -- or for all of us? One of the persistent themes of m ...

Sabbath for All?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1009">September-October issue of </a><em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?actio ...

Citizenship: What's It Worth?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sen. Sen. Lindsey Graham's proposal to modify the 14th amendment (yes, the one that granted slaves citizenship after the Civil War) is perhaps the clearest signal yet of the ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Made in L.A.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

Cleaning Up the Toy Room (and Immigration)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Often when I ask my kids to clean the toy room, one of them will sit in the couch, arms crossed, and claim that she has already cleaned out all "her" toys, and the remaining ones are all her brothe ...

Abraham, Joseph, and Today's Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Abraham and Sarah left all that was familiar and dear to them to follow the promise of a better future. Abraham and Sarah left all that was familiar and dear to them to follow ...

Understanding the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

If I hadn't just read <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Moving-Millions-Coyote-Capitalism-Immigration/dp/047042334X?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=thenefrev-20&amp;link_code=btl&amp;camp=21368 ...

History is on the Side of the Immigrant
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"What part of illegal don't you understand?"</p> "What part of illegal don't you understand?" This question -- usually launched by immigrat ...

How Heroes are Made: Remembering Nate Henn
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Heroes are not made in the warm hallways of cul-de-sac safety. Nor are they made of black and white print from the critic's air-conditioned desk. Heroes are not made in the w ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Missing God. Modern day slavery. A crawfisher turned crooner. Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> ...

The Meaning Behind 'Saved Through Childbearing'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Certainly one of the most puzzling remarks in Paul's writings is found in 1 Timothy 2:15, "But <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/women/">women</a> will be saved through <a hr ...

Fixing Immigration: President Obama's Speech
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100524_100501-0007-immigration-rally.jpg"></a>President Obama is getting no respite from contentious issues. Today, speaking at American Univ ...

The World Cup and Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup, there was much rejoicing and reflection on how far the country had come. When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup ...

Goodbye, Styrofoam Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last Monday evening, a massive storm front hit southwestern Ohio. Last Monday evening, a massive storm front hit southwestern Ohio. Although the damage was minimal, the storm turn ...

California Band Hires Latino Day Laborers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A San Francisco band called Monarchs hired three Latino day laborers to pose as the band members in a music video for their song "Mexicans." Both the video and the song pay tribute to the ...

Drugs, Guns, and Immigration: An Unholy Trinity of Failed Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126890838">reports out of Juarez, Mexico,</a> are depressing, doubly so for me. The repor ...

Christian Anti-Logic and Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855594020_q5SQY"></a>The issue of illegal immigration in the United S ...

'God's Maternal Nature': One of the Best Mother's Day Sermons I Can Remember
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday I heard one of the best Mother's Day sermons I can remember. It was by the pastor at our family's church, Rev. Jeff Haggray of First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.</p> ...

Slavery is Alive and Well ... For Now
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it?</p> It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it? ...