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The May 2011 NCC Poverty Initiative Newsletter is online. Click here to read it.

More than 2,500 organizations from all 50 states/DC urge Congress/White House to protect SNAP/Food Stamps. Read it here.See the letter and signatories here.

An Unusually Broad Coalition of Christian Leaders Form Circle of Protection Around the Most Vulnerable in Budget Debate. Click here for the story.

U.S. Department of Labor Office of Faith-Based Initiatives Hosts a Webinar “Job Clubs & Employment Ministries: On the Front Lines of Getting Americans Back to Work.” Click here to read about it and watch the recorded webcast.

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Take Action

Click here to sign a letter to President Obama calling for him to re-state his commitment to addressing poverty in the U.S.

Sign on to Join the Circle of Protection Around Programs for the Most Vulnerable in the Budget Debate. In the face of historic deficits, the nation faces unavoidable choices: economic, political—and moral. As Christians, we believe the moral measure of the debate is how the most poor and vulnerable people fare. Click here to read more and sign on.

Click here to learn how to host a prayer vigil on the budget in your own faith community.

Lead your church in a worship and education journey to better understand poverty with our resource: Eradicating Poverty: The Call of the Church. Click here to download .

Click here to download the Faith Advocates for Jobs congregational toolkit. Learn how your church can form a network of support and become more educated about the economic crisis’ relationship to unemployment, under-employment, job insecurity, and poor labor standards.

Events

Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis invites you to a national conference call on a new report: “The African American Labor Force in the Recovery.” July 7 at 1:30pm EDT. Click here for details.

Ecumenical Gulf Coast Restoration Week: July 31-August 6 in New Orleans. Register by July 1. Click here for registration materials.

Fighting Poverty with Faith 2011 Mobilization: Oct. 27- Nov. 6. Click here to download the flyer.

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