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Poverty in America

The Moral Default

Jim Wallis | Posted 10.03.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. not just to be broken, but corrupt. The American people are disgusted watching politicians play political chicken with the nation's economy and future. In such a bitter and unprincipled atmosphere, whoever has the political clout to enforce their self-interest and retain their privileges wins the battles. But there are two casualties in such political warfare: the common good and the most vulnerable.

Hunger Doesn't Take A Vacation

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 09.27.2011 | Religion
Rev. Larry Hollon

One in five children in my state of Tennessee is at risk of hunger. But this is not just a Tennessee crisis. Nationally, one in four children are at risk of going to bed hungry.

Small, Median and Obscenely Large: There's Nothing Average About the Middle Class

Tony Phillips | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Tony Phillips

SAN DIEGO -- I live with my wife and a 13-year-old and while each of us is different, we do all agree on some fundamental issues. Here are three thing...

A Budget for the Future Is a Budget That Works for All

Judy Patrick | Posted 07.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Judy Patrick

We're at a crossroads. We haven't closed California's budget gap, and we haven't addressed the pattern of demanding that our most vulnerable Californians shoulder the lion's share of budget cuts.

A Different Palm Sunday Shout

David A. Davis | Posted 06.16.2011 | Religion
David A. Davis

Instead of looking down the Palm Sunday road and shouting "Hosanna!" you can look around and shout, "No, this isn't it!" This isn't God's way. This can't be it! No, this isn't it.

President Obama Offers Moral Vision, Faith Leaders Must Press For More

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.13.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Faith leaders in the United States should applaud President Obama for offering a moral vision for the nation while carefully monitoring how the White House and Congress proceed.

Needed: Prophetic Voices For A Just Economy

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

I'm afraid we've learned nothing from the collapse of 2008 and the slow erosion of the middle class. Maybe tomorrow, I'll read up on the new budget agreement. But today, I want to weep and repent.

10 Reasons Why I'm Fasting For A Better Budget

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.28.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Every Christian, regardless of political affiliation, is called to take up the cause of the poor and the needy because that is God's heart, and we will be calling every legislator who says they are a Christian.

Fast, Pray And Protect Hungry People

David Beckmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Beckmann

I believe strongly in the need to balance the budget, but there has to be a better way. If Congress makes these cuts, people at risk of hunger in the U.S. will feel the impact immediately.

Budget Cuts Target The Poor, Faith Groups Say

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Religion News Service (RNS) Get ready for more undernourished infants, dangerously cold homes and disease-stricken communitie...

House GOP Cuts Are Theologically Immoral

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Theologically, these proposed cuts are a sin. They would harm the most vulnerable among us and endanger the planet. There is no getting around it: the House GOP budget is an immoral document.

The Buddhist Way Of Being Present To Suffering

Bernie Glassman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bernie Glassman

If you venture out to remember society's forgotten people, and you do so with a spirit of presence and equanimity, you can experience deep fulfillment and wholeness.

The State Of The Union: A Christian Response To President Obama

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The president needs to take a more public role in addressing the issue of poverty. We need his voice now more than ever.

President Obama Should Outline Plan To Reduce Poverty By Half

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

I'm praying that President Obama uses the State of the Union to re-affirm his commitment to cut poverty. In doing so, he will offer hope to millions who are struggling in unimaginable ways.

Echoes From Gettysburg: How Americans Embrace Incivility And Ignore The Poor

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Richard T. Hughes

In this second post in a three-part series on civility and the common good, we hear the voices of the two African Americans who gathered at the diner that day.

The New Faces of Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

The shadow of poverty has fallen on Long Island, New York, the birthplace of the suburban American dream.

Why Muslims Should Get In The Holiday Spirit And End Hunger

Nurah-Rosalie Amat'ullah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nurah-Rosalie Amat'ullah

The Muslim populations across the US are in no way exempt from the social and economic challenges impacting residents. Because we live here and are a part of this society, we have an obligation to take action to end hunger.

HuffPost's Greatest Person Of The Day: Kirsten Lodal, Combating Poverty With LIFT

The Huffington Post | Dominique Fenton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Today we're talking to Kirsten Lodal, who founded--as a college sophomore--a non-profit that fights poverty in America. Twelve years later, LIFT is ac...

Poverty And Thanksgiving: A Call To Righteous Love

Rev. Peter Morales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter Morales

The growing gap between rich and poor harms us all. We can choose a better way. Let us share the bounty of the earth. There is enough for everyone at the Thanksgiving table.

It Takes A Movement: The Next Steps

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Neither the left nor the right has the answers to our most pressing problems, though each will continue to say that it does. So we have to focus on the spiritual and moral values that bring us together.

Growing Number Of Americans Rely On Food Stamps

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The number of Americans forced to rely on federal food aid, known as the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), has increased dramatically...

Buck Up and Stop Whining

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

What's the "plan" of progressives? Just because we are told to "buck up" or "stop whining," that's no reason to abandon a thoughtful analysis of the issues and choices presented in the elections.

How Do We Alleviate Poverty If We Can't Even Define It?

Peg Chemberlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Peg Chemberlin

As costs rise in nearly every aspect of life, low-income people are forced to bear an increasingly heavy yoke. And as long as our systems for determining who should receive aid are based on outdated models, these people have no hope for relief.

Poverty Starts In Childhood, Can Last A Lifetime

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

It may seem like common sense that someone who grows up in poverty may have trouble climbing the social ladder later in life -- but a series of studie...

Haiti, Katrina and America's Poorest Community

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Richard Walden

Most Americans are completely oblivious to the abstract and harsh poverty right here at home. This is proven by American ignorance of the horrors occurring at Indian Reservations across the Dakotas.