Bread for the World Applauds President Obama’s Remarks on Ending Economic Injustice
Washington, DC, August 30, 2013
Bread for the World applauds President Obama’s Aug. 28 speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. During his remarks, the president called on Americans to work together to end economic injustice. Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, issued the following statement on the speech:
“The president’s words embody the spirit and will of those hundreds of thousands of individuals who marched in 1963 and demanded change. President Obama reminds us that the March on Washington was about people seeking jobs as well as justice. Well-paying jobs are essential to helping people lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Jobs that pay a fair wage are crucial to ending hunger in our time and creating a foundation for a stable economy.
“Great strides have been made since 1963, but as the president notes, we have fallen short in creating sound economic opportunities for those willing to work. We have become a nation that too often focuses on the profit of the few and ignores the dignity of the many. We must unite and work toward the Bible’s vision of fairness for poor and vulnerable people.
“We should celebrate the gains we have made as a country over the last 50 years, but we must also call on our leaders, our members of Congress and our president, to set a goal to end hunger. With the courage God has given us, we can follow through on the work that began half a century ago. As the president said, ‘with that courage, we can feed the hungry.’”
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Media Relations Manager, 202-688-1118
Fito Moreno, Media Relations Specialist, 202-688-1138