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Necessary Circle

U.S. Christian leaders have created a Circle of Protection to guard "the least of these" against the devastation of budget cuts. May the circle hold.

The Baptist Standard on May 16, 2011

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House speaker challenged to uphold church’s teaching on the poor

More than 70 Catholic scholars and others have challenged Republican House Speaker John Boehner, a product of Catholic schools in his native Ohio, to uphold the church’s teaching on support for the poor.

Catholic Review on May 13, 2011

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Wheat outlook carries half-a-loaf message

The first wheat forecast for Nebraska for 2011 suggests total bushels could fall almost 12 percent from a year ago.

Lincoln Journal Star on May 12, 2011

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Viewpoints: Putting Faith in Economics to Help the Poor

Is it immoral to cut programs for the poor?

Sacramento Bee on May 10, 2011

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Hunger Strikes: Spike in food prices shifts attention to market access.

The skyrocketing international price of grains and other foods has Christian development groups redoubling efforts to connect farmers to local markets.

Christianity Today on May 10, 2011

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Kolbe, Beckmann and Ingram: U.S. Foreign Assistance Needs Further Reform

In times of plenty and peril over the past 60 years, America’s global leadership has been best exemplified by the helping hand that we have offered to people at the mercy of extreme poverty, disease and tyranny in the darkest corners of the globe. Our nation has saved and improved millions of lives by extending that hand and by focusing on the principle that effective development assistance is squarely in our national interest.

Roll Call on May 5, 2011

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Ending Hunger: Advocacy and Our Christian Calling

From the evening news to conversations with friends, you need not go far to see that many people in the United States are still facing hard times. Even as the economy works to recover from the worst recession in decades, unemployment remains high. Some people are working at jobs that do not pay enough to meet their family's needs. More than 43 million people participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) to help put food on the table; half of them are children.

UMC Interpreter on April 25, 2011

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More than 36,000 join fasting protest against budget cuts

In the last days of Lent more than 36,000 Americans joined a liquid-only fast to protest congressional budget cuts that fall most heavily on the backs of the poor, according to organizers.

National Catholic Reporter on April 22, 2011

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Cut federal spending in ways that make sense

Why are the Rev. David Beckmann and more than 4,000 other Americans participating in a national fast? They are protesting the House of Representatives budget bill (H.R. 1).

Auburn Citizen on April 12, 2011

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Anti-poverty activists continue fast to oppose spending-cut deal

Anti-poverty activists who launched a hunger strike last month in protest of Republicans' proposed budget cuts are continuing to fast to oppose the spending deal congressional lawmakers and President Obama reached last week.

The Hill on April 11, 2011

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Budget cuts shouldn’t target the most vulnerable

Re “Ex-rep, Tony Hall, fasts to spotlight hunger issue,” March 29: This article described Tony Hall’s fast to protest proposed budget cuts that harm hungry people. Many are fasting with him to show their concern that our nation’s leaders will try to balance the national budget by squeezing the most vulnerable people. I applaud them and add my voice.

Dayton Daily News on April 11, 2011

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Food Prize laureates speak about rising costs, tensions worldwide

Rising food prices threaten to drive more people into poverty and hunger, and some former World Food Prize laureates say that means the United States and other countries should reconsider their subsidies for biofuels and spend more to help poor farmers improve production.

Des Moines Register on April 9, 2011

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Congress Representatives Join Fast Opposing Cuts

Earlier in the week, I reported on a new movement of citizens who are fasting in order to protest the Congressional budget cuts. The group includes New York Times foodie Mark Bittman, prominent progressive evangelical leader Jim Wallis, David Beckmann, the president of Bread for the World, and members of MoveOn.org and the SEIU.

The Nation on April 9, 2011

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The Spiritually Viral Hunger Fast

The hunger fast for a moral budget has gone spiritually viral. Ten days ago, we announced at the National Press Club that the budget debate had become a moral crisis. Prayer, fasting, and radical action are now required. Sojourners, the Alliance to End Hunger, and Bread for the World spearheaded this effort, but many more organizations, churches, and individuals have joined each day. We now have more than 30,000 participants and are still growing.

Huffington Post on April 8, 2011

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Congressmen, Christians on Hunger Fast for 'Moral Budget'

Thousands, including congressional members, answered a call by religious leaders to participate in a hunger fast in protest of proposed government budget cuts for programs benefiting the poor in the U.S. and abroad.

Christian Post on April 8, 2011

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Members of Congress join fast protesting proposed budget cuts

In the final hours of budget negotiations, a growing list of Congressional members are joining former Rep. Tony Hall and over 36,000 participants in a hunger fast to protest what they say are proposed budget cuts that would affect those living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad.

CNN Political Ticker on April 7, 2011

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Americans lobby Congress for their piece of pie

Thousands of Americans implored Congress this week to save their programs from deep cuts, as Republicans and Democrats clashed over the size of the federal budget and brought the U.S. government to the brink of its first shutdown in 15 years.

USA Today on April 7, 2011

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Global Food Security - The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Transcript for David Beckmann's interview on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Global Food Security.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show on April 6, 2011

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Spotlight Webcast: Fasting, Prayer, and Budget Cuts

Rev. David Beckmann talks with Spotlight's Jodie Levin-Epstein about the proposed budget cuts, and how they will hurt vulnerable Americans.

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity on April 6, 2011

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Fighting Poverty with Better Nutrition for Women

Hunger and poverty continue to be major obstacles to the well-being of millions of women and children around the world.  The Bread for the World Institute says those problems can be reversed by improving the social, economic and political status of rural women.

Voice of America on March 31, 2011

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