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'I Expect Better of the Congress:' Rep. McGovern on SNAP Cuts
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

It is false to say that these cuts won’t affect benefits or that they are merely closing loopholes. They will result in less food for hungry, low-income Americans – period. Ed ...

Will the Real Ms. Middle Class Please Stand Up?
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

What if the Jesus followers being disingenuously propped up as middle class demanded that their legislators tell the truth? Back in the day, there was a television show called “To ...

Is the Robin Hood Tax the Answer?
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

Celebrities, pastors, and community leaders think the Robin Hood tax—taxing less than half of 1 pecent on Wall Street transactions— is the answer. Politicians, pundits, concerned ...

Let's Talk About population
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

Mother Jones on the last taboo - population. Mother Jones on the last taboo - population: "The United Nations projects that world population will stabilize at 9. ...

Living in Poverty in America's Poorest City
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

NPR report on the plight of the poorest in Reading, Pa. - the poorest city in the United States. NPR report on the plight of the poorest in Reading, PA - the poorest city ...

Cuts to Hunger Programs Threaten Children and Families
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 4:05pm | 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. ...

How Do We Improve Work-Family Balance?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

The Nation comments on workplaces' failure to adjust to family responsibilities. From The Nation : "One might expect that the workplace would have adapted to ...

What Do the President's Tax Proposals Mean for Us?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

Writing for The Atlantic, Derek Thompson takes a look at what the President's tax plan actually does. Writing for The Atlantic , Derek Thompson takes a look at wha ...

Confessions of a Poverty Pimp
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

Last week was the first time I have ever been called a “poverty pimp” in front God and everyone—in public. It certainly got my attention!   Last week was the first time I have ...

Dollars By the Gallon
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

How long does it take wage earners to earn a gallon of milk? You probably have a gallon of milk in your fridge.  It might be fat free, soy, or maybe even 1 percent. Most o ...

NYT: Struggling in the Suburbs
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

A New York Times op-ed this week examined the growing phenomenon of poverty in the suburbs. A New York Times op-ed this week examined the growing phenomenon of poverty in ...

Committing to End Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

It's time to stop ignoring the poor. Writing for The Huffington Post last Friday, Richard C. Leone asks: "So is a renewal of the war against poverty in ...

Affordable Care Act Is a Step in the Right Direction
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

I don’t talk much about the Affordable Care Act in day-to-day conversation, even with the Supreme Court’s decision last week to uphold its constitutionality. In fact, I try to avoid it. It’s just not a convers ...

QUIRK: Morabund Walmart + Ingenuity = Award-Winning Public Library
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

From the folks at Gawker... After Walmart closed up shop in McAllen, they left 124,500 square feet of retail space behind for use by the city. Rather than bring in another big box corporation to pic ...

QUIRK: In for a Penny, In for 800 Pounds
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

MILFORD, Mass. — A Massachusetts man who pledged to make the last mortgage payment on his home with pennies has fulfilled that promise. After warning his bank, Thomas Daigle dropped off about 62,000 pennies w ...

The Top 10 Stories of July 6, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

<p><b>Quote of the day.<br /> </b>&quot;It's been clear since the 1870s that the government needs a warrant to read postal mail. There's no good reason email should be tre ...

QUIRK: University Sues Student for Finishing Degree Too Quickly
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

And you thought having to pay your student loans back was bad. A student at the School of Economics and Management in Essen, Germany, has been sued by the university for completing his degree too quickly. ...

Economics: Daily Show Correspondents Explain It All
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

The Daily Show correspondents weigh in on why economists are more than just nerdy, high-panted economic yodas with no accountability. More inside the blog. Economists The corre ...

Poll: No End in Sight for Economic Woes, High Unemployment
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

The economists surveyed by the AP foresee an unemployment rate of 8 percent on Election Day. The Associated Press reports: "A majority of economists in the lates ...

Anger at Banks Didn't Result in Action
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

Most people didn’t wind up switching banks after all. Writing for Time , Martha White notes: "Anger against mega-banks brewed for most of last year, coming to ...

The Recession's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Economic downturn will be felt for generations. Writing for The Huffington Post , Dr. Peggy Drexler argues: "This prolonged downturn will end. They always do. ...

Former Barclays CEO Feels 'Responsible,' Not 'Culpable'
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

The WSJ is reporting today on the testimony of Robert Diamond, the recently resigned CEO of Barclay’s before the British Parliament. The WSJ is reporting today on the test ...

Introducing Quick Read: Social. Justice. News.
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

For all of you who are unlucky enough to be chained to a computer, Blackberry (does anyone still use these?) smart-phone or are otherwise more electronically connected then you would like to be—we’ve got a spe ...

NY Judge Orders Twitter to Release Tweets of #OWS Protester
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

A judge in New York has ordered Twitter to release three month's worth of tweets from an Occupy Wall Street protester charged with disorderly conduct during a march across the Brooklyn Bridge last year. The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., r ...

Doctor, Will You Pray With Me?
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

A new survey of medical patients found that prayer — with their physician — is for many an important part of the treatment process. According to American Medical News: About two-thirds of patients believe do ...

Wallis, McLaren, Schaeffer, Harper and Others on #OccupyTheology (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Our friends at #OccupyTheology caught up with Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis, Brian McLaren, Sojourners' Director of Mobilizing Lisa Sharon Harper and others at the Wild Goose Festival to talk about the Occupy ...

A Happy Homecoming: Nuns on the Bus End Their Journey in D.C. (PHOTOS)
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

Hundreds of supporters were on hand to welcome home the Nuns on the Bus on Monday at the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of supporters were on hand to welc ...

Irony Behind Florida Governor's Medicaid Call
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

was found to have defrauded Medicare on his watch. Eventually it pled guilty to 14 felonies and paid fines ...

'Homeless' Pastor on Mission Arrested in Texas
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith been living on the streets to bring attention to homelessness, but Sunday night the San Antonio pastor spent the night behind bars. From WOAI-TV ...

Obamacare and Why Churches Don’t Need to Be Political Mono-Cultures
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Reality is that the decision divided America once again and the sides divided turned on each other in vicious and sometimes alarming ways. House for All Sinners and Saints, the co ...

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Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 8:25am | Type: Product

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Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 8:48am | Type: Product

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Poll: Americans Split on Supreme Court Health Care Ruling
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

A poll taken days before the high court's ruling found that 43 percent of Americans said the court should not overturn the law, and 35 percent hoped it would. The Supreme Cou ...

Religious Groups React to Supreme Court Health Care Ruling
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 8:57am | Type: Blog

Religious groups and social conservatives are reacting to the Supreme's Court's historic ruling that largely upholds President Obama's health care law, the Affordable Care Act. ...

The Insider List
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 9:21pm | Type: Blog

It's a honking long list of insiders—605 names long, give or take a few duplicates. What do all of them, mostly from corporate America, know about the secret playbook U.S. trade officials are using next w ...

One Deadly Infection, Two Healthy Babies, and Three Broken Legs (or, how Government Healthcare Totally Saved My Behind)
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

Brace yourselves. I’m about to step on a soapbox. Much as I’d like to go all armchair-Constitutional-scholar and argue that access to affordable health care SHOULD be in the same category as education, fire-fi ...

Faithful Alternatives to the Sequester
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

Today the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs (DHN) presented a forum for congressional representatives to talk about a more faithful response to the pending sequester this upcoming January.   Sequestration as we know it was meant to ...

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

UPDATED: With transcripts from the President and Mitt Romney. The Supreme Court ruled today in a 5-4 decision that President Barack Obama’s chief domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act, is constitutiona ...

BREAKING: Affordable Care Act Upheld, According to Reports
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

According to SCOTUS Blog, the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act limiting only the Medicaid provision, with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the majority. ...

Huge Cuts in Welfare on the Table in Pennsylvania
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

Pennsylvania governor may cut human services. The American Prospect reports: "Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's first stab at a budget for this year left the ...

Praying for a Student Jubilee
Originally Posted: 06/22/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

On July 1, the federal interest rate for student loans is scheduled to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent unless Congress intervenes. Yesterday, as Congress battled over the f ...

Nuns on the Bus Hits Rep. Paul Ryan's Wisconsin Office
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

When the Nuns on the Bus pulled up in front of Rep. Paul Ryan’s home office in Janesville, Wis., earlier this week, they were challenging the theological rationale he has been using for his budget plan that ha ...

A New Hymn for Justice
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 8:38am | Type: Blog

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette wrote this hymn based on Micah 6:8 after attending Bread for the World’s Lobby Day on June 12th and reading Jim Wallis’ “The Missing Religious Principle in Our Budget Debates.” ...

Is Homeless Crackdown a Sign of Compassion Fatigue?
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City and more than 50 other cities have previously adopted some kind of anti-camping or anti-food-sharing laws, according to the National Law Center on ...

Catholic University vs. Catholic Social Teaching on Unions
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Duquesne University says it's too Catholic for adjunct faculty to unionize, but the Catholic Church has called unions an "indispensible element of social life." ...

Nuns On the Bus Takes the Sisters' Message Through U.S.
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 2:08pm | 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. ...

Meritocracy Has Failed
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

Salon 's Editor-at-Large, Joan Walsh writes: "Thanks to OWS and the work of writers like Stiglitz, 2012 was supposed to be the year America rediscovered and tackled economic inequality. Time magazine closed 2011 by naming OWS i ...

Holy Act of Congress! Batgirl Defends Equal Pay
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

The video clip may be a bit grainy, but the message of a public service announcement about the federal Equal Pay law from 45 years ago feels thoroughly (and maddeningly) au courant. ...

Can Technology Bring about World Peace?
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

A fascinating essay on 'geo-economics' for The Atlantic by  Ayesha and Parag Khanna : Still, technology is playing a great role in not just the events of geopolitical history but its course. If military power is inherently compe ...

Teens Struggle to Find Summer Jobs
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

A record number of teens will be able to find work this summer, The Associated Press reports: Once a rite of passage to adulthood, summer jobs for teens are disappearing. Fewer than three in 10 American teenagers now hold jobs such a ...