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Fighting Poverty with Faith coalitions calls on lawmakers to join them in "Building Opportunity Through Affordable Housing for All." Read about it here and see pictures and video here.
NCC President Kathryn Lohre reminds President Obama of his promise to care for the "least of these." Read the story.
National Council of Churches Responds to Supreme Court Healthcare decision.
National Council of Churches Works to Remove Racial Disparities in Maternal Health. Click here to read more.
Nearly 1,000 Christian advocates came to Washington DC to learn about economic justice and deliver a Faithful Budget to Congress. Click here for the story.
Faith Leaders Join in Honoring Farm Workers at the Department of Labor. Less than a week before Cesar Chavez Day, faith leaders joined in honoring the martyrs and early leaders of the farm worker movement. Click here for the story.
Fast for Fair Food. During Holy Week, click here to bring national support of people of faith across the country to the Florida Council of Churches' efforts to Fast for Fair Food in solidarity with tomato harvesters in Immokalee, Florida.
- Past NCC President Bishop Thomas Hoyt of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church calls for more support for hungry people. Click here.
- Jim Winkler of the United Methodist Church Calls Repeal of one of Virginia's Strongest Handgun Laws Immoral. Click here to read comments from Rev. Livingston about implications of this repeal for communities in poverty and read Jim Winkler's op ed.
- Watch a video about the Faithful Budget campaign here.
- Interfaith Coalition stands of for the most vulnerable in the Faithful Budget Campaign. Click here to see media coverage of the campaign.
- NCC Poverty Initiative Director Rev. Michael Livingston interviewed on NPR: "What Would Jesus Cut?" Click here to listen.
- Religious Leaders from Faithful Budget campaign participate in Capitol Hill vigil for and with unemployed workers. Click here for the story.
- Faithful Across the United States Pray in a "Super Vigil" for a Just and Compassionate Federal Budget. Click here for the story. (Photo to the right courtesy of Jessie Palatucci of the United Church of Christ.)
- Broad Coalition of Christian Leaders Form Circle of Protection Around Most Vulnerable in Budget Negotiations. Click here for the story.
- Churches stand up to predatory lenders and seek responsible investment. Episcopalians join with ecumenical and interfaith friends calling for ethical behavior and justice in the financial world. Click here to read more.
- More than 2,500 organizations from all 50 states and DC urge Congress and the White House to protect SNAP and Food Stamps. See the press release here and signatories here.
- Each summer, 22.3 million kids are at risk for going hungry when school lunches end. The U.S. Department of Agriculture would like to help your church or non-profit reach those kids with the Summer Food Service Program. Click here for more information.
- People of Faith Gather at the Capitol to Pray for the Most Vulnerable who would be Affected by Budget Cuts. Click here for the story.
- Ecumenical Advocacy Days Prayer Vigil to protect funding for families struggling to overcome poverty. Upper Senate Park in Washington, DC. Monday March 28 12:00-1:00pm. Click here to download the flyer.
- Society of St. Andrew offers Lenten Devotional "We've a Story to Tell," offering opportunities to take seriously reconciliation as well as help feed hungry brothers and sisters. (March 16-April 13, 2011)
- Broome County Council of Churches in Binghamton, NY hosts Lenten series on the root causes of poverty. (March 16-April 13, 2011)
- NCC General Secretary Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon responds to U.S. Census data showing roughly one in seven people live in poverty with an appeal to legislators and candidates.(NCC website, 10/15/10)
- CROP Hunger Walks are a Success Across the U.S. (Church World Service Website)
- UCC-Based Forum at Center of Day-Laborer Dispute in Northern Virginia (UCC Website, 6/16/10)
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Comments on World Refugee Day (ELCA Website, 6/18/10)
- United Methodist Committee on Relief issues appeal for flood survivors (UMC Website, 6/7/10)
- NCC President Peg Chemberlin Calls for Financial Reform (Huffington Post, 5/18/10)
- NCC Calls for Funding of Domestic Human Needs Programs (Advocacy Letter from Inter-religious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs, 5/25/10)
- NCC Calls for Tax Policies That Assist Working Families (Faith Reflection, 4/10)
- NCC Governing Board Calls for Education Reform (Pastoral Letter to Obama Administration, 5/18/10)
As Record Number of Children Slide into Poverty, the GOP Budget Cuts Vital Programs for Low-Income Children (3/7/11) By Tanya Somanader, Think Progress
The High Cost of Poverty: Why the Poor Pay More (5/18/09)
By DeNeen L. Brown, Washington Post
More than 1 in 5 kids live in poverty (6/8/10)
By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY
Living wages are key to poverty eradication (6/14/10)
By Joyce Appleby, LA Times
Robert Samuelson's Misguided Portrayal of the New Poverty Measure (6/7/10)
By Michael Laracy, Huffington Post
During Older Americans' Month, Let's Focus on Keeping the Elderly Out of Poverty (5/1/09) By Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, Featured in the Huffington Post
Teacher, my Dad Lost His Job. Do We Have to Move? (1/31/11) By Michael Winerip, New York Times