September Newsletter

The September issue of the National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative newsletter is here.

Economic catastrophe was narrowly avoided this past month with the passage of dreadful legislation to avoid default for the first time in our nation’s history. With a trillion dollars in mandatory spending cuts, an already-hard life will become more even more difficult for millions of Americans. The unemployment rate remains stagnant and millions of out-of-work Americans are losing hope and feeling despair. Solutions to these problems do not lie in the hands of those who will be most affected by them.

Twelve legislators, the newly-appointed “Super committee” have been given immense power. Their proposals will have a tremendous impact on budgets for years to come. If partisan politics rears its ugly head and the committee fails to reach consensus then an additional 1.5 trillion in across-the-board cuts will become mandatory, decimating programs such as WIC, SNAP, and others. As people of faith we must stand and take action to protect programs that must be spared from looming budget cuts.

Please read our newsletter at

http://www.nccendpoverty.org/Newsletters/September2011.php

Grace and Peace,

Michael Livingston

Director, National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative

Inside the September 2011 Edition of the Poverty Initiative Newsletter

Join the NCC in Working for a Faithful Federal Budget.

NCC Warns Politicians: You Cannot Ignore the Poor and Claim the Bible as Your Guide

United Church of Christ took part in a 5000-strong rally to safeguard public education in DC.

Teleconference Prayer Vigil for Inclusive, Affordable Healthcare for All: Sept. 14 at 12 ET.

United Methodists highlighted in NCC-commissioned TV documentary on hunger issues: “A Piece of Bread: Food, Earth, and the Future.”

Take the Food Stamp Challenge: October 27-November 6.

Click here to read these stories, find resources, and take action.

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