Starved for attention: Why budget cuts shouldn't include nixing foreign aid

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Article Politics Social Justice
With billions in aid on the chopping block, who is looking out for the world’s poor?

The first hard numbers emerging out of the famine in Somalia are staggering: Between May and August, U.S. aid officials estimate that more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 died in southern Somalia alone. The famine threatens 12 million in the region; the U.N. reports that 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll among children is certain to rise.


Starved for attention: Why budget cuts shouldn't include nixing foreign aid

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics Social Justice
With billions in aid on the chopping block, who is looking out for the world’s poor?

The first hard numbers emerging out of the famine in Somalia are staggering: Between May and August, U.S. aid officials estimate that more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 died in southern Somalia alone. The famine threatens 12 million in the region; the U.N. reports that 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll among children is certain to rise.


Urban planting: Turning blight into bounty in the inner city

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Article Environment Social Justice
Armed with soil and seeds, Catholics in blighted cities are taking social justice into their own hands.

In Camden, New Jersey a jumble of railroad tracks, freeways, and abandoned factories lace through the Waterfront South area on the Delaware River just across from Philadelphia. During heavy rains, a nearby wastewater treatment plant frequently leaks raw sewage onto the streets.


Related links: Resources for urban agriculture

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Article Environment Social Justice
Check out these links for more information on urban planting:

"For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food" (Mt 25:35)
Catholic Reflections on Food, Farmers, and Farmworkers
http://www.usccb.org/bishops/agricultural.shtml

Care of God’s Creation
http://www.usccb.org/campus/teaching-creation.shtml


Parish resources for growing a community garden

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Article Environment Parish Life Social Justice
Practical, hands-on actions are the best way for individuals and faith communities to put their faith into action, says the Michigan Catholic Rural Life Coalition (MCLRC). Here’s how they say to get involved and get growing.
 

Parish Farmer’s Market:


Urban planting: Turning blight into bounty in the inner city

By Olga Bonfiglio| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Environment Social Justice
Armed with soil and seeds, Catholics in blighted cities are taking social justice into their own hands.

In Camden, New Jersey a jumble of railroad tracks, freeways, and abandoned factories lace through the Waterfront South area on the Delaware River just across from Philadelphia. During heavy rains, a nearby wastewater treatment plant frequently leaks raw sewage onto the streets.


Parish resources for growing a community garden

By Olga Bonfiglio| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Environment Parish Life Social Justice
Practical, hands-on actions are the best way for individuals and faith communities to put their faith into action, says the Michigan Catholic Rural Life Coalition (MCLRC). Here’s how they say to get involved and get growing.
 

Parish Farmer’s Market:


The wages of war: The steep price of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Article Social Justice War and Peace
A trillion-dollar price tag isn’t the only cost of war.

While most of the Country’s attention is fixed on how best to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the nation recently reached another milestone related to that event. Total military spending on Iraq and Afghanistan passed the $1 trillion mark at the end of April this year, and it is currently racing toward $1.5 trillion.


Is your faith working? A Labor Day survey on faith and work

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Article Social Justice Spirituality
When U.S. Catholic readers punch the clock, they don't forget that they are still on God's time, according to a Reader Survey in honor of Labor Day.

Union made in China

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Article Politics Social Justice
Workers might have to go half way around the world to celebrate Labor Day this year. 

In the United States the union movement still endures a regular excoriation at the hands of the right-wing media any time economic issues come up in the news, but the truth is this emperor not only doesn't have any clothes, he barely has teeth. With a diminishing hand in 7 percent of private industry, the great power of the unions in the United States, despite apparently unironic conservative fear-mongering, was broken decades ago.


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