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Poverty politics

Poverty | Playing with the numbers to increase those defined as poor, Washington is set to wage a costly war on inequality in the name of fighting poverty
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/25/11, 04:17 am

As you pay your federal income taxes this year, the amount that goes for welfare benefits depends in part on Mollie Orshansky, perhaps the most influential person you've never heard of. But on Sept. 1 her influence will begin to diminish in a way likely to increase welfare costs without increasing compassion toward the poor-if Congress doesn't step up.

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Jim Wallis (Photo by Sojourners)

Anti-poverty activism

Poverty | Religious left groups lobby Congress for a larger governmental role in reducing poverty
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 4/28/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Interrupting visits to the offices of congressional lawmakers to join hands in prayer outside the Capitol is probably not a typical way paid lobbyists spend their normal lunch hour, especially in the recent summer-like D.C. heat. But Tuesday, that is what hundreds of amateur lobbyists did.

Hailing from a coalition of 60 faith-based and anti-poverty groups, the roughly 800 activists came to Capitol Hill to urge congressional lawmakers to cut the number of impoverished Americans in half by 2020.

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David Ogoli

Green pastures

Poverty | For Christian architect David Ogoli, dwelling with sustainable buildings is a calling
by Mark Bergin
Posted 3/14/09, 12:00 am

From an office on the campus of Judson University, a small evangelical college 45 miles northwest of Chicago, architect David Ogoli speaks passionately of his commitment to sustainable buildings. The Cambridge-educated Kenya native brimmed with pride as he outlined the LEED Gold rating of the very structure in which he sat.

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