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Congress must address real roots of immigration

‘’For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

WASHINGTON (RNS) This passage from the Gospel of Matthew inviting us to welcome strangers into our midst could not be more salient than it is now, as our lawmakers embark on the long-awaited debate over immigration reform.

The Washington Post on February 26, 2013

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Religious Groups Urge Deficit Reduction and Protection of the Poor

Leaders from some of the nation’s largest and most influential Christian congregations are urging President Obama and members of Congress to end their fiscal brinkmanship and find a way to agree on new revenue and spending cuts that will reduce the deficit while protecting the poorest Americans.

New York Times Politics on February 25, 2013

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Coalition of Christians pushes Congress to protect poor from forced spending cuts

Washington (CNN) – A coalition of noteworthy Christian leaders and thinkers is asking President Barack Obama and congressional leaders to protect the poor from the forced spending cuts that are due to take effect this week.

CNN Belief Blog on February 25, 2013

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Cutting Lives from the Budget? What Sequestration Could Mean for the World's Hungry

As the battle over sequestration heats up, the current debate in Congress over our country's fiscal future is important for all of us. But for poor and hungry people around the world, the current budget negotiations could prove to be the most far-reaching for the next decade.

Huffington Post Impact on February 21, 2013

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The United States and Africa: Hopes for the President's Second Term

Here's a little-known black history fact: during the past decade, six of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies were in Africa. The continent has shown robust growth, new commitments to health and agriculture, and significant advances in science and technology.

Huffington Post Black Voices on February 14, 2013

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Obama address hits on social policy issues faith-based groups advocate

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Barack Obama set out an agenda in his State of the Union address Feb. 12 that includes many of the social policy items on the wish list of faith-based organizations.

Archdiocese of Indianapolis on February 13, 2013

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Immigration's Latest Ally: Christian right

The usual suspects pushing immigration reform have a new ally in the fight this time — the religious right.

Politico on February 6, 2013

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Evangelical Leaders Praise Momentum for Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, Senate leaders announced a bipartisan framework for immigration reform. This afternoon, President Obama set out similar proposals to guide the upcoming debate over a new immigration process, including an eventual road to citizenship.

Metro Latino USA on January 29, 2013

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2013 hunger report: Goals 'within reach'

Sometimes, reducing childhood malnutrition and mortality can be as easy as substituting one crop for another.

A UMNS REPORT on January 23, 2013

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President Obama, Set a Goal to End Hunger

The start of President Obama's second term and the convening of a new Congress offer the White House an important opportunity to act boldly to end hunger at home and abroad.

Huffington Post on January 15, 2013

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Church groups see brief window for anti-hunger effort

As Congress and the Oregon Legislature prepare to trim government budgets, anti-hunger advocates have begun a 60-day lobbying push. 

Catholic Sentinel on January 15, 2013

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Budget deal defined as much by what’s left undone as by what it does

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 — and 2013, considering when the House of Representatives passed it — will be known as much by what it doesn’t include as what it does include.

The Catholic Sun on January 2, 2013

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Hunger Takes No Holidays

Many Missouri families have a tradition of giving to others during the holiday season by volunteering at a food pantry, soup kitchen, or other feeding program. Even more give food or a cash donation to such agencies. Often in these experiences people find themselves counting their own blessings in a profound new way because of what they learn about the challenges faced by many of their neighbors.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch on December 20, 2012

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Faith and the fiscal cliff: ‘The nation will be judged’

But with budget talks in Washington dragging slowly, dangerously close to the so-called Fiscal Cliff—the drop-dead deadline for a deal that would trigger just over a trillion dollars in automatic funding cuts to programs that would include those that feed and house the poor—religious organizations and clergy are praying for a resolution that spares the huddled masses they collectively serve.

MSNBC on December 11, 2012

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Deal should not come at expense of the poor

With 2012 coming to an end, Washington is gripped by rhetoric and negotiations about the “fiscal cliff” on the horizon. Members of Congress, the media and interest groups are frantically talking about the economic and political ramifications of the automatic spending cuts and tax increases that will be triggered in the new year. 

The Hill on December 10, 2012

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In the Land of Plenty, Many Black Families Still Go Hungry

As millions of families gather for marathon eating sessions across the nation this holiday season, Black families will worry about where their next meal is coming from at a rate that is twice that of Whites, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Seattle Medium on December 5, 2012

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Resilience: Safety Net for Reducing Hunger and Malnutrition

Over the last month, we have watched communities along the New York and New Jersey coastline begin to rebuild from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy. It is a reminder that we are all vulnerable to natural disasters that can happen at any time. How communities survive and recover from these shocks depends very much on their resilience – their ability to cope and their systems for preparing, responding and rebuilding. In the United States, these systems are already in place and, for the most part, function well. This is not the case in many low-income countries.

USAID Impact Blog on December 4, 2012

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Bread for the World Releases Hunger Report in Time for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Bread for the World Institute released its timely 2011 Hunger Report, with an event Monday at the National Press Club, featuring USAID administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah and recent World Food Prize winner and Bread for the World President David Beckman.

One on December 3, 2012

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How Best to Handle the Poor?

Our nation's birth ignited a fierce political firestorm. Its embers still flare today.

The incendiary debate features fiery opposing arguments. Some believe God helps those who help themselves, with Uncle Sam butting out. Others say government assistance is required to help the poor escape their plight.

Vail Daily on December 2, 2012

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Great Deals on the Season's Hottest Item: Giving Back

Last week, I wrote about how we can reduce our stress during the holiday season, a need that was once again underscored by the discount shopping (and attendant madness) brought to us by Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But as we try to shift from anxiety to generosity, reflection, and celebration, it's also a time to widen the circle of our concern and do what we can to give back to those who face challenges much bigger than stress.

The Huffington Post on November 27, 2012

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