Slideshow: Serving children with disabilities in India

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Article Social Justice
Twenty years ago, parents of children with disabilities in India had almost nowhere to turn. Since then, what began as one small school has become a game-changer.

We have it on good authority that one child can change history. There is no doubt that Moy Moy did that for my family; many say she did it for the city of Dehradun in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, too.


Work ethics: How do today's jobs reflect our values?

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Article Ethic of Life Social Justice
We lay off teachers and nurses while we hire for prisons, casinos, and fracking. This is progress?

At least once a week in my daily newspaper I see a full page ad from “the people of America’s oil and gas industry” touting the benefits of fracking, the process through which natural gas is extracted from shale formations using a combination of water and other unnamed chemicals. Always mentioned in these ads are the “millions of jobs” it will create—and that promise alone is sufficient to trump any concerns about the effects of fracking on the surrounding environment.


Taking a stand with America's struggling labor force

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Article Social Justice
How much do workers have to celebrate this labor day?

The summer of 2013 may go down as one of the most scorching in recorded history. The blazing sun broke records and spirits from Death Valley to the island of Manhattan. Labor Day may not come soon enough this year for many who will be happy to see such a summer end; among them will be many thousands of American laborers. This summer has been a scorcher as well for working people in the United States.


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Memories of the March: 10 voices recall 1963 March on Washington

Adelle M. Banks and Corrie Mitchell| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics Social Justice

c. 2013 Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) Religion News Service asked participants in the 1963 March on Washington to reflect on their lasting memories of the event and how it shaped their faith. Their comments have been edited for length and clarity.


Is the war on drugs a just war?

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Article Social Justice War and Peace
The war on drugs isn’t working. In fact, it is making the problem even worse.

In May President Barack Obama signaled the beginning of the end of the war on terror, at least in a predominantly militarized form, during an address that attempted to balance encroachments on civil and human rights created by the nation’s anti-terror crusade against the legitimate, reasonable needs of security and tranquility. Is it time for the president to stand before the nation and make a similar speech about another war it has been waging, the horizonless war on drugs?


Help wanted: Parishes offer assistance to the unemployed

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Article Parish Life Social Justice
Stuck in the job hunt with seemingly few prospects? Maybe your parish can offer some advice.

Poverty comes to Wisteria Lane: Serving the new suburban poor

By Meghan Murphy-Gill| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
Numbers of poor people in the suburbs are growing twice as fast as their city counterparts. But many of these picket-fence poor don’t know where to get help—or can’t bring themselves to ask.

When Ellen got the phone call from Hope House, a long-term homeless shelter in Villa Park, Illinois, confirming an available room, she was overcome with relief. “The tears just flowed,” she says. “Even the woman on the other end was crying.”


Why homelessness shouldn't be a crime

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Article Politics Social Justice
Spending a night sleeping outside shouldn’t lead to a criminal record.

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How new laws are preventing voters from casting their ballot

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Article Politics Social Justice
New laws restricting voting rights hit African Americans and the poor particularly hard. That, of course, is no coincidence.

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