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Homeless Shelters Face Sharp Cutbacks

If you happen to be a homeless man on the South Side of Chicago, there are precious few places to go during the day to escape snow or rain or heat—the public library, the train station, and, until recently, Roseland Christian Ministries Center.

"For 20 years, we had a drop-in center," said Joe Huizenga, the ministry's director of development. "It was aimed at men in the Roseland community—homeless folks who have some sort of mental disability, maybe veterans who couldn't find services. Roseland had a high number of homeless and displaced men who had nowhere to go during the day."

Christianity Today on August 22, 2011

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U.S. Study: Child Poverty Rate Up 18 Percent



A recently released study that found 1 in 5 children in America live in poverty has Christian advocacy groups urging Congress to not cut financial safety net programs while attempting to reduce the national debt.

The study conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation revealed that the official child poverty rate in the United States increased 18 percent between 2000 and 2009, essentially reversing an upward trend from two decades ago.

 

Christian Post on August 16, 2011

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U.S. farmers grow world's first ethanol producing GM corn used to fill gas tanks

U.S. farmers are the first to grow genetically modified corn capable of producing ethanol used to fill vehicle gas tanks.

Daily Mail on August 16, 2011

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Starting a Revolution

We have the potential to start a revolution. We see the strife in the world as generations before ours could not -- whether a terrorist attack, a tsunami or the slow starvation of children, we watch the devastation of such tragedies play-by-play, and it moves us.

But how do we apply our energy to alleviate the suffering of those around us? Especially when we're busier than ever and less able to give of our time to serve these causes at home and around the globe?

Relevant Magazine - Reject Apathy on August 15, 2011

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Resolving the US debt crisis: Christian groups weigh in on solutions

After President Barack Obama signed the Budget Control Act Aug. 2 to raise the nation's debt ceiling, a collective sigh of tentative relief was immediately followed by plenty of speculation and analysis of what the country should do next.

Catholic News Service on August 11, 2011

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Does Global Battle Against Hunger Have A New Hero?

"Brazil's experience is hugely inspirational to a lot of developing countries that are themselves battling with a lot of issues around food security and hunger," said Asma Lateef, director of the Washington-based anti-hunger Bread for the World Institute. "That it could be done and done so quickly is a wonderful success story and gives hope to a lot of people around the world.

NPR on August 10, 2011

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Christians on both sides of budget battle claim to fight for the poor

After this week’s debt-ceiling deal in Congress, trillions of dollars of spending cuts are on the table. New cuts will sink deep, laying bare the nation’s moral priorities.

The Washington Post on August 4, 2011

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The Moral Default

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.

Huffington Post on August 3, 2011

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Hungry and Poor People Still at Risk After Debt Deal

 Bread for the World is thankful President Barack Obama and congressional leaders have reached a debt ceiling deal that will prevent default, but cautions there is still work to be done to protect hungry and poor people from potential cuts to discretionary spending.

PR Newswire on August 2, 2011

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Explaining the Debt Ceiling Debate

In an interview with Odyssey Networks, Rev. David Beckmann says, "All of the programs that are focused on poor and hungry people in our country amount to 19 percent of federal spending. All of the programs that help poor and hungry people around the world amount to six-tenths of one percent of federal spending."

Odyssey Networks on July 29, 2011

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International food aid advocates worry about spending

International food aid advocates, steamed that congressional debt ceiling talks are overshadowing a looming humanitarian crisis in East Africa, plan to blitz lawmakers with an intense lobbying campaign aimed at changing their focus.

Politico on July 28, 2011

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Clergy Lobby Obama to Protect the Poor

Clergy who typically try to stay as far away from politics as possible are now doing their best to get involved,one Obama Administration official tells Beltway Buzz.

CBN News Blogs on July 28, 2011

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Don't ask the poorest to pay off our debt

My fellow Americans: In a matter of weeks you have become studied on the issues of budgets and deficits. You've also formed opinions on these issues, and these opinions are reflected in poll after poll. Isn't it strange that Congress has yet to listen?

CNN International on July 27, 2011

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Religious Leaders Pray For 'Just And Compassionate Budget' (VIDEO)

Every weekday at 12:30 p.m., religious leaders and their followers crowd onto the front lawn of the United Methodist Building near the U.S. Capitol to pray for 'a just and compassionate budget.'

 

Huff Post Politics on July 27, 2011

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Ads by Christian groups pressure lawmakers to protect the poor in debt talks

A new coalition of influential Christian groups is ramping up pressure on President Obama and Congress to shield the poor from spending cuts in the debt-limit struggle, with one organization launching an advertising campaign Tuesday on Christian radio stations in politically important markets.

Washington Post on July 26, 2011

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Circle of Protection

Today, Bread for the World sent out an Action Alert discussing the “Circle of Protection: A Statement on Why We Need to Protect Programs for the Poor” and encouraging supporters to take action to support funding for programs that serve the most vulnerable members of society.

Gather on July 25, 2011

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Obama Meets With Christian Leaders, Commits to Protecting the Poor

President Barack Obama met with Christian leaders Wednesday to talk about the economic crisis and its impact on Christian values and the poor.

Christian Post on July 22, 2011

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Faith Leaders to Obama: Protect the Poor

As congress and the president take talks about the budget and deficit reduction to the final hour, there's one topic that is swept under the rug, religious leaders say: How will cuts in the budget affect the poor and vulnerable in the U.S.?

National Catholic Reporter on July 21, 2011

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Christian Leaders Lobby Obama, Congress for the Poor

Amid ongoing negotiations on Capitol Hill over the national debt limit, Christian leaders are looking to make allies with Congress and the White House in order to ensure benefits and entitlements for the poor at home and abroad.

The Christian Post on July 21, 2011

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Religious leaders urge Obama to protect the poor in budget efforts

After a July 20 meeting with President Barack Obama, leaders of the faith-based Circle of Protection came away reassured about his commitment to protecting assistance for the poor in impending budget cuts.

Catholic News Service on July 21, 2011

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