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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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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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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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Christian Coalition Asks Obama to Protect the Poor During Meeting

Just before stepping into a meeting Wednesday afternoon with House and Senate Democratic leaders to discuss the budget and debt, President Barack Obama met with Christian leaders to seek their advice and ask them to pray for him.

Roll Call on July 20, 2011

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'Circle of Protection' Prays for President Obama

President Obama's "Circle of Protection" met with him at the White House today. The "Circle" is made of prominent pastors from the Washington, D.C., area and across the country.

CBN News Blogs on July 20, 2011

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A higher calling: Pastors urge W.H. to protect poor

President Obama and senior members of his staff met with eight religious leaders at the White House on Wednesday to discuss protecting programs for the poor and vulnerable in deficit reduction and debt ceiling negotiations.

Politico 44 on July 20, 2011

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Readers Write 7/15

Atlanta Bread team member got a budget LTE published in the 7/15/11 edition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

AJC on July 14, 2011

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Living On Their Own Efforts

The colors of a traffic light governing the work of José Barraza: green tells you to run a sidewalk and the red can come to ask motorists if they want to clean the windshield of their cars. Most are surprised and do not accept, very few will say yes and give you some money.
"Many are rare, are amazed to see someone like that. But we all struggle to survive. Who does not work shall not eat," said Barraza, 22, resident of Lynwood. Few believe this to be an American by birth who learned to "swallow fire" to juggle and clean cars on the streets of Chihuahua.

La Opinion on July 6, 2011

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White House and Congressional Leaders Urged to Reduce Deficit without Increasing Poverty

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a critical juncture in the deficit reduction talks, the leaders of prominent national religious, civil rights, charitable, economic research, and low-income advocacy organizations are calling on Executive and Congressional leadership to honor the precedent set by previous deficit reduction negotiations that have reduced the deficit without increasing poverty.

Washington Business Journal on June 27, 2011

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WJK Titles Named Gold and Silver Books of the Year from ForeWord Reviews

Louisville, Kentucky—Two Westminster John Knox Press (WJK) titles were awarded with Gold and Silver place at the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards in the religion category. Ben Daniel’s Neighbor: Christian Encounters with “Illegal” Immigration was named the first-place winner, while David Beckmann’s Exodus from Hunger: We Are Called to Change the Politics of Hunger placed second. ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards represent the best independently published books from 2010. Winners in sixty categories—selected by a panel of librarian and bookseller judges—were announced at the American Library Association conference in New Orleans on June 25.

Religion News Service on June 27, 2011

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Jesus wouldn't cut programs for poor

Bread for the World is a faith-based organization that advocates for programs that fight hunger and poverty. At this month's national conference, the focus was on placing a "Circle of Protection" around these programs. Because they protect the most vulnerable, they should be exempt from spending cuts to reduce the federal deficit.

Des Moines Register on June 23, 2011

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Mobilizing to End Child Hunger

Ending child hunger is the goal of a meeting here in Washington Monday. Government officials, nutrition and health experts and members of civil society from around the world are promoting the 1,000 Days Partnership. The goal is to save the lives of millions of children.

Voice of America on June 13, 2011

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Conference to Highlight Mother and Child Nutrition

A high level meeting will take place in Washington on Monday to build political momentum to improve nutrition for women and children in countries suffering from chronic hunger. The gathering hosted by aid organisations Concern Worldwide and Bread for the World is entitled “1,000 Days to Scale Up Nutrition for Mother’s and Children”.

Vatican Radio on June 10, 2011

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Book Reviews: Exodus from Hunger

God is calling Christians to transform the politics of hunger, according to David Beckmann, president of the Bread for the World advocacy group and winner of the 2010 World Food Prize. Churches and individual followers of Christ should contribute to international charities and volunteer in local soup kitchens, but they also should speak truth to those who work in the halls of power, he insists.

Baptist Standard on June 2, 2011

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Debt Limit Raises Ire of Social Conservatives

The House of Representatives is expected to vote—and vote down—a bill that would raise the federal debt limit. The debt limit (or "debt ceiling") is the maximum amount the federal government can borrow. The current limit is $14.3 trillion. The U.S. hit that limit last week, and if Congress does not raise the limit by August, the government will not be able to pay all of its obligations.

Christianity Today on June 1, 2011

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Voices from the Heart

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. God's grace in Jesus Christ moves us to help our neighbors, whether they live in the next house, the next state, or the next continent. Confronting the problem of hunger can seem overwhelming.”

Schools Online For Interactive Education on June 1, 2011

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Putting a spotlight on relieving hunger; Fast brings home difficulty many people face

For four Mondays before Easter, I joined about 30,000 others, including 28 of our congressmen and women who pledged to fast for 24 hours.

Postcresent.com on May 26, 2011

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Lutheran Day at the Capitol — Harrisburg, Penn

Last week, close to 140 Lutherans gathered in Harrisburg for LAMPa’s (Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in PA) annual Lutheran Day at the Capitol.  Torrential rain could not stop our advocates from gathering together to learn about issues facing Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable.

ELCA Blogs on May 26, 2011

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Christians can eliminate widespread hunger, advocates insist

Christians must cast off fatalistic expectations that presume the inevitability of widespread poverty and hunger in a sinful and fallen world, urged one speaker at a national conference May 24-25 at Dallas Baptist University. Instead, they should embrace a prophetic vision that points to an alternative vision for the future.

Associated Baptist Press on May 26, 2011

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Christians can eliminate widespread hunger, advocates insist

Christians can end extreme global poverty and widespread child hunger in this generation, leaders of organizations focused on world hunger told a national conference at Dallas Baptist University.

The Baptist Standard on May 26, 2011

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