Good people will disagree on the best ways to mitigate and perhaps even eradicate poverty. But one thing is clear, at least for those of us who claim the Bible as some kind of authority: apathy in the face of poverty is not an option.
All around the world, and in the countries and provinces and neighborhoods held captive by some of the most entrenched and toughest to battle poverty, women and men turn to business to feed their families.
Most poor people have productive jobs -- often multiple jobs -- and they are working longer and longer hours but remain mired in poverty. This is not caused by lack of opportunity alone, it's also caused by lack of power to change the systems that create and continually recreate poverty.
Every four years for the last 40 years (even before we were called Sojourners), our community has done what we can to lift up the issue of poverty during presidential elections. So it is with that spirit that I am proud to present a new short film called The Line.
Republicans are the Party of the Rich. Democrats now fashion ourselves the Party of the "Middle Class." Can anyone think of a group left with no champion? Here's a hint: 20% of Americans with a full time job are getting paid so little that their family of four is still living in poverty.
If there remains an unspoken Faustian bargain to not hear the cries of the poor, what should we expect when they reach the "Fannie Lou Hamer moment?" Hamer, a civil rights heroine, famously opined: "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired."