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'We Have a Long Way to Go'
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Jonathan Kozol Jonathan Kozol, author of Fire in the Ashes, talks about ...

The Sound of Learning
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The dangers that swirl around her come from gender stereotypes that threaten to curb her scientific interests. I worry that she will internalize the myth that boys are good in math and science and girls are n ...

James and the Giant Book
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

In Roald Dahl's classic children's book James and the Giant Peach, 7-year-old orphan James Henry Trotter escapes his two rotten, abusive aunts by crawling into a giant peach. The peach rolls, floats, ...

Teachers Are Builders
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

When the temptation to think kids like James just can't learn tears us down, I'm going to tell the story about the time he jumped up with a raised fist and shouted, "I did it!" when he read ...

SNAP / Food Stamp Challenge, Day 4: Piatt FAIL
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

I don’t mind failing as much as I do admitting I’ve failed. And technically, we haven’t blown the SNAP Challenge just yet, but I know for a fact we will by the end of the week. I ...

SNAP / Food Stamp Challenge, Day 3: Slip-Ups
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

Maybe the serpent in the Garden of Eden story actually was a cute little girl in pigtails. Sure would have been more persuasive than some stupid talking snake. “We should go to a ...

It's Hard for a Rich People to Enter God's Kingdom
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

No choice can really be made outside that second bit of the Greatest Commandment. And that's uncomfortable. It makes me uncomfortable. It would be so much easier if my choices were just between me and Jes ...

Five Examples of Civil Disobedience to Remember
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Five examples of civil disobedience to remember Ever since the global financial cabal drove the world's economies into a ditch, popular movements have been rising up to fight ...

SNAP / Food Stamp Challenge, Day 2: The Shelf
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

No organics. No lentils. No vegetable broth. I started feeling frustrated by the number of things I wanted that weren’t there. I was going to have to make another trip if I was going to complete my list. ...

The Pages in the Book Go 'Flip, Flip, Flip'
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

14.3 KB (back to school, Education, God's Politics, literacy, Poverty, Racial ...

SNAP/ Food Stamp Challenge, Day 1: Broke vs. Poor
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

I’ve been broke before, but I’ve never been what I’d consider to be “poor.” Broke is a short-term condition; poor is an inevitable way of life. “So what are food stamps anyway?” ...

Food Price Crisis Worse Than 2008 Predicted
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Food prices are projected to rise sharply in the coming months, exceeding the levels of the 2008 food price crisis. The advocacy group Stop Gambling on Hunge r reports worl ...

Conflict Minerals Report Card
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

How different electronics corporations are doing in avoiding conflict minerals. As conflict, rape, and other human rights abuses continue in eastern Congo, armed groups are still ...

Resources for SNAP Food Stamp Challenge
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 5:56pm | Type: Blog

Even if you’re not on public assistance and not planning to take part in the challenge, these are useful tools to help anyone on a budget plan for some good, nutritious meals. Aft ...

Planning for Poverty: The SNAP Challenge
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

Families receive $4 a day per family member to cover food costs, so the SNAP challenge is pretty simple (in theory, at least): Live on the same amount with your family for a week. ...

Robin Hood Returns to Europe - France Takes Up the Tax
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

France enacts financial transaction tax. The global movement to implement a small tax on some financial industry trades has gained its first European partner: France. Religious ...

Sister Simone Campbell Visits Bill O'Reilly, Talks Budget
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

Sister Simone Campbell sat down with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly to discuss her organization's push for a faithful budget. Sister Simone Campbell sat down with Fox News ...

Will Alabama’s Governor Listen to the Faith Community?
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

In parts of Alabama, the government profits when people go to prison. The state’s justice system has become rife with injustice. Over the past few weeks, Christians have written A ...

A War That Builds Bridges, Not Bombs
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

When meal-packaging projects become collaborations between communities that have historically clashed, stereotyped, judged, or ignored each other, then bridges are being built instead of bombs. ...

Making Love Practical
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

In the Australian city where I live, there is a housing crisis. Only 2 percent of rental properties are vacant. The mining boom has seen a huge increase in the number of renters and this additional competition has left parties outbidding each other t ...

No 'Quick Fixes' For The Economy
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

Quick fixes won't fix the structural problems in the U.S. and European economies. Author and academic Jeffrey Sachs argues in a Huffington Post piece: Invest ...

Lawmakers Highlight Tragedy of Food Assistance Cuts
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

In an op-ed for Politico, two Representatives highlight the recent cuts to food assistance programs, and the damaging effects they will have on the state of the nation.   In an ...

America Wants Great Equality
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

Income inequality increasingly relevant issue for Americans. Duke professor  Dan Ariely writes for The Atlantic :  The inequality of wealth and income in the U.S. h ...

Christian Leaders Blast GOP Tax Bill
Originally Posted: 01/28/2013 - 4:57pm | Type: Press

August 2, 2012 Sojo in the News Chris Lisee ...

A New Conversation: Addressing a 500-Year-Old Wound
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

An apology to native peoples is a part of our country's history. Our leaders wrote it, the 111th Congress passed it, and President Barack Obama signed it into law. Then, unfortunately, they buried it. ...

Republican Budget is an Immoral Document
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

To reward the rich even more while actually punishing the poor is a direct offense to all of our religious traditions. Editor's Note: The following remarks were given ...

Faith Leaders Tell Congress to 'Get a Conscience'
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

Faith leaders on Wednesday gathered on Capitol Hill to release a letter calling on Congress to extend the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) — programs aimed at keeping the poor and mos ...

'As You Sow, So Shall You Reap'
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Gronski Will Congress cut food stamps, conservation, and the farmer safety net—or fail to pass a Farm Bill at all? ...

From the Archives: August 1981
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 10:45am | Type: Magazine Article

Dolores Arroyo King Space in Our Home Once upon a time, Anthony, with a bulging grocery bag full of clothes u ...

Rotten to the Core
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman With political integrity drowning in big money, it's too late for small tweaks. The whole system needs a reboot. ...

More Bullish Than You Think
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Gar Alperovitz Want some economic good news? Credit unions, employee-owned business, public banks—the "new economy" is breaking ...

Let's Hold the Rich and Powerful Accountable
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

If respect and compensation were determined by actual performance and contributions to the social good, these folks would be in jail or standing in unemployment lines. Here's ...

August 2012 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Product

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Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Product

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'I Come From Where They Come'
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I see the way Sandra loves our students, the way she knows their names. How she talks to them and helps them. I just want Sandra to know that someone noticed. Every school day jus ...

Forbes Columnist Responds to Edelman Poverty Piece
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

Writing in response to Peter Edelman's article on ending poverty in America, Tim Worstall counters. Writing in response to Peter Edelman's article on ending poverty in A ...

New York Times Columnist Asks: How Do We End Poverty?
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Peter Edelman writes on ending poverty. Peter Edelman writes for The New York Times : We have the ingredients. For one thing, the demographics of the electorate a ...

Is the End of Poverty in Sight?
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

The Associated Press reports on new analysis on global poverty. The Associated Press reports on new analysis on global poverty: Poverty across the planet will be virt ...

Romney May See an Evangelical 'Enthusiasm Gap'
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

Most Americans who know that Mitt Romney is Mormon say the presumptive GOP nominee’s faith doesn’t concern them. But a new poll indicates there may be an “enthusiasm gap” for Romney among white evangelicals, a ...

Rally to Restore Balance to the Budget Debate
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, members of the House spoke out against the House Agriculture Committee’s vote to cut SNAP benefits to working class Americans. On Wednesday, Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) rallied on the Senate-side to r ...

Laura Bush: Foreign Aid in U.S. "Moral Interest"
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

Former First Lady Laura Bush defends foreign aid. Former First Lady Laura Bush spoke with ABC News, expressing the importance of foreign aid and programs like the President' ...

Alabama Needs to Put People Before Profits
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

Living in poverty has always been a struggle, but in Alabama being poor could land you in prison. Living in poverty has always been a struggle, but in Alabama being poor could lan ...

Candidates Silent on Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Earl Ofari Hutchinson examines the impact of poverty on American economy. Earl Ofari Hutchinson writes for The Huffington Post : The devastating impact of poverty ...

Kids Hit Hard By Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

USA Today reports on a new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, called Kids Count. USA Today reports on a new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, called Kids Count: ...

Working in Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

Tuesday was the third anniversary of the last time the federal minimum wage was increased. Employee rights activists Mary Kay Henry and Christine L. Owens write for CN ...

The Temptations (and Trappings) of Silicon Valley’s Super-Rich
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 7:21am | Type: Blog

Forget Wall Street. Today's "best and brightest" are heading to California's Silicon Valley and New York's Silicon Alley, and to a few other tech-startup hot spots. ...

In Congress, a Bipartisan Effort to Hold Wall Street Accountable
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Bill would give securities regulator authority to levy tougher fines for alleged Wall Street criminals. Reuters reports: "Senators are planning to introduce a bi ...

Conservative Congressman defends Muslim-Americans, religious pluralism
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

More conservatives speak out against Michelle Bachmann's claims Huma Abedin is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Scott Keys reports for ThinkProgress :    ...

Social Justice Protester Dies Following Self-Immolation
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

Haifa man who set himself on fire in a social justice protest died Friday. On Friday, The New York Times reported: :Moshe Silman, the desperately indebted Haifa man w ...

Is There No Good Economic Reason To Get A Ph.D.?
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

I've been mulling over some of the news stories out there hyping either end of the (political?) reality of spending more money (and time, let's not forget time) on higher education. It leads me to a ...