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Paul Ryan's plan signals GOP shift to opportunity, poverty as talking points

In late July, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan unveiled a new anti-poverty plan. It calls for prison sentencing reform; a boost in the earned income tax credit for childless workers; and, most ambitious of all -- or crazy, depending on your political inclination -- an "Opportunity Grant," which would combine 10 of the federal government's largest anti-poverty efforts, including food stamps, and bring them down to state-level implementation.

National Catholic Reporter on August 19, 2014

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1,000 Days

Yet, for me, the most important significance of the number 1000 is the number of days in the period from the outset of a woman's pregnancy until her child's second birthday -- a period that in large part shapes the future health, education and welfare of the child. As the organizations 1000 Days and Bread for the World make clear, it's in this period that nutrition and nurturing can determine whether a child will be prepared for education and a healthy life.

Huffington Post on August 12, 2014

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Today’s church cooperation — on a micro scale

The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis, founded in 1912, made its name during the 20th century by bringing together the city’s churches to fight great social ills — racial discrimination, prejudice against Catholics and Jews, inequalities facing women.

Indy Star on August 9, 2014

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Africa Restores Our Belief That Ending Hunger Is Possible

This is a historic week for the United States and Africa. For the first time ever, leaders from African nations have gathered in Washington, D.C., for a groundbreaking U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. This summit has been, above all else, a celebration of the encouraging economic success of sub-Saharan Africa and of the shift in the U.S.-Africa relationship toward what President Obama calls "a new partnership rooted in equality and shared interests."

Huffington Post on August 6, 2014

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Group Says Ending Hunger Could Be Within Reach

From VOA Learning English, this is the Agriculture Report.

The United Nations says hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. There has been progress since 1990 toward ending hunger. But it is estimated that more than 840 million people worldwide still do not have enough to eat.

VOA Special English on July 23, 2014

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Liberal, Conservative Evangelicals Unite to Call Congress to Act on Migrant Children

In the midst of an unprecedented number of unaccompanied Central American children migrating across the Mexican-American border, Conservative and progressive Evangelicals have called upon Congress to authorize additional funds to address the crisis. The letter, signed by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference's Samuel Rodriguez, Sojourners' Jim Wallis, and World Vision's Richard Stearns, also asks the legislative branch to resist calls to weaken a human trafficking bill.

The Christian Post on July 23, 2014

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Evangelicals address migrant crisis

A band of influential religious leaders is urging lawmakers not to make any changes to a 2008 anti-trafficking law that was originally meant to protect migrant children but has now become a flashpoint in the crisis of unaccompanied minors at the border.

Politico on July 22, 2014

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Honduras' Lost Generation

In 2012 I was in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, researching immigration and repatriation, and even then the tension in the city was palpable. I felt it most at night, when it was recommended that my group and I remain behind high concrete walls topped with the classic Latin American anti-intrusion rig -- broken bottle glass and concertina wire. Even then, Tegucigalpa was one of the most violent cities in the world, though it rarely made headlines overseas.

The Huffington Post on July 21, 2014

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To Understand Child Migration, Look Beyond the Border

Although the escalating numbers of child migrants have created a new humanitarian challenge on the southern border, the causes of this surge are familiar.

The Huffington Post on July 8, 2014

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We Must Feed the Starving Refugees

Imagine if all the people in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan were forced to leave their homes. What if conflict displaced this entire population? It would be a gigantic humanitarian nightmare.

The Examiner on July 5, 2014

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California Tax Credits and Unemployment

The California Competes Committee as part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development awarded 28.9 million in tax credits to 29 companies strengthening the job market in California.

The Examiner on July 4, 2014

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How One Hackathon Visualized 'Invisible Data' on the Worldwide Women's Empowerment Problem

So, it’s not a hackathon in the way you might be thinking, the Jesse-Eisenberg-as-Mark-Zuckerberg-headphones-in-ears kind of hackathon. Instead, participants clustered around  laptops covered in geeky stickers, huddled at tables and fighting for outlets, debating the best ways to make an invisible problem visible.

The Washington Post on June 30, 2014

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Senate To Avert Food Aid Fight

The Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday will take up a Coast Guard reauthorization bill ( S 2444 ) that leaves out a controversial provision in the House-passed version that would increase the amount of food aid that must be shipped on U.S.-flagged carriers. 

CQ on June 23, 2014

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Andrew Wainer: Harvest Haitian entrepreneurial spirit

According to community leaders, poverty in Haiti is the catalyst for this Haitian entrepreneurial spirit in the United States.

Sun Sentinel on June 21, 2014

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As teams from around the world face off in World Cup, how are their countries' poor faring?

Bread for the World, a global anti-hunger organization, will highlight poverty problems in competing countries on its blog as the countries play in the tournament.

Deseret News National on June 14, 2014

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DirectoUSA:Fútbol y una mejorar sociedad

Bread for the World, con un estudio sobre lo que hacen los países del mundial para mejorar las condiciones de ciudadanos.

MSN Video on June 12, 2014

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Futbol y una mejor sociedad

Bread for the World, con un estudio sobre lo que hacen los países del mundial para mejorar las condiciones de ciudadanos

CNN on June 12, 2014

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Podesta: Obama might veto school lunch waiver

President Obama would consider vetoing an Agriculture Appropriations bill should the legislation include House GOP-proposed school lunch nutrition waivers, White House senior counselor John Podesta said on Monday. 

Agri-Pulse on June 10, 2014

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Nurturing Our Future

Thanks to U.S. government leadership, partnerships with governments across the globe, and the hard work and contributions of civil society, we are also well aware of the positive impact that improving nutrition in the critical 1,000-day window between pregnancy and a child's second birthday can have.

Huffington Post on June 9, 2014

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Religious Progressives Confront the Sociopathic Economy

The Cardinal posed a challenge: How do we make a more humane market? 

Huffington Post on June 6, 2014

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