Women and children last: Budget priorities

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Article Politics Social Justice
Would we so willingly cut programs for the poor if we knew them by name?

When I was in high school, I bagged groceries for my pocket money, and I often saw a WIC tag next to food items as I restocked shelves: peanut butter, milk, cheese. As a middle-class 16-year-old who never missed a meal, I didn’t even know what WIC stood for (“Women, Infants, and Children”) or that it provided free food to pregnant and nursing mothers and their infants and young children, until my mother told me that it started when she was pregnant with me.


Women and children last: Budget priorities

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics Social Justice
Would we so willingly cut programs for the poor if we knew them by name?

When I was in high school, I bagged groceries for my pocket money, and I often saw a WIC tag next to food items as I restocked shelves: peanut butter, milk, cheese. As a middle-class 16-year-old who never missed a meal, I didn’t even know what WIC stood for (“Women, Infants, and Children”) or that it provided free food to pregnant and nursing mothers and their infants and young children, until my mother told me that it started when she was pregnant with me.


Little house in the big city

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Article Social Justice
Can the $300 home add dignity to the lives of the world’s poorest people?

According to U.N. projections, a trend of demographic concentration in the world’s great urban centers will intensify in the coming decades, compressing the world’s poorest into fast arising slums. Viewed today, these too dusty or too muddy, sewage- and garbage-choked ghettos already make an unhealthy, unpleasant sight and a terrible place for the majority of the world’s children to grow up.


Little house in the big city

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
Can the $300 home add dignity to the lives of the world’s poorest people?

According to U.N. projections, a trend of demographic concentration in the world’s great urban centers will intensify in the coming decades, compressing the world’s poorest into fast arising slums. Viewed today, these too dusty or too muddy, sewage- and garbage-choked ghettos already make an unhealthy, unpleasant sight and a terrible place for the majority of the world’s children to grow up.


What's left in his legacy: John Paul II and social teaching

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Article Vatican
As a voice for peace and justice, Pope John Paul II was a man for all political reasons.

We're sticking to the union

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics Social Justice
Don’t paint public workers as a public enemies; they’re just working for the common good.

We're sticking to the union

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics Social Justice
Don’t paint public workers as a public enemies; they’re just working for the common good.

Muslim on Main Street: Akbar Ahmed on American Muslims

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue
Once an international diplomat, this scholar now seeks to build bridges between American Muslims and their neighbors.

Akbar Ahmed has written a book of poetry and traveled the world as an anthropologist, but perhaps his most fitting title is ambassador. The former Pakistani ambassador to England, Ahmed has lived his life between cultures.

Growing up in Pakistan, he had great respect for the Catholic priests who educated him. As a young administrator in Waziristan, Pakistan, however, Ahmed also witnessed the ascent of literalist Islam.


Parks and re-Creation

By Megan Sweas| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Environment
A group of young people in the Bronx finds that by beautifying an old eyesore, they’ve unleashed a desire to serve their community.

David Shuffler walks through the park that he helped build in the South Bronx on his way to work.

Grass and young trees line his path through Concrete Plant Park, named after the factory that was once on the site. Some of the old factory structures remain—but they’ve been transformed into public art.


Don't be crude: End our oil addiction

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Article
It’s time to get the petroleum monkey off our backs.

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