Civil Rights

A joint publication released in September 2012 by Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) estimates 360,000 families on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia have been forced from their land due to violence. Representatives from these organizations travelled to Colombia this June to assess progress of Colombia’s Victims’ and Land…

Read more Colombia’s Victims and Land Restitution Law Still Unfelt on the Ground

Under Tents, an international campaign for housing rights in Haiti, released a housing brief this week highlighting the facts on the country’s internally-displaced persons (IDPs). Thirty-three months after the earthquake, over 369 000 Haitians are estimated to be living in tent camps. Designed as temporary housing for the 1.5 million people left homeless following the earthquake, almost…

Read more ‘Under Tents’ Campaign Demands Housing Rights in Haiti

A non-wonky guide to the Budget Control Act’s sweeping push to cut federal spending (and maybe increase revenue, too?). Webinar, Thursday, August 18, 1:00pm EST. (1 hour 15 minutes long) Click here to register. If you are concerned about health care, jobs, hunger, services for seniors, children, or people with disabilities, housing, rebuilding communities, reducing…

Read more The Deficit Deal Explained:

This week the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) has posted a list of resources to facilitate remembering the events of 9/11 on the 10th anniversary of the day. Resources are gathered from Interfaith, Christian, Muslim, Unitarian Universalist and Jewish faiths and include resources for all ages.  Also included is a litany from NRCAT with adaptable prayers…

Read more Resources for Remembering 9/11

In his article Budget Talks: Who Speaks for the American people?, Dave Johnson reflects on the disconnect between discussions surrounding the federal budget deficit and what polling consistently reveals about Americans’ opinions: Polls show that the public wants taxes raised on the rich, cuts in military spending and more & bettter-paying jobs. The public isn’t stupid, because…

Read more If our nation were a deficit commission…