The Faith Community’s Statement on the May 2013 Jobless Numbers & Public Sector Workers

Though economic signs indicate that the U.S. is slowly starting to recover from the most recent recession, the public sector is still struggling tremendously with job loss. Public sector jobs include construction workers, teachers, health professionals, sanitation workers, firefighters, transportation workers, and government employees, among other positions [...]

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The Faith Reflection on the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget

The federal budget is a moral document that reflects and shapes our country’s priorities. Congress should craft it based on the needs of all. In Proverbs (31.9) we are reminded to “Speak up, judge righteously, champion the poor and the needy” [...]

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Principles for a Faithful Farm Bill

Members of the faith community drafted and sent to Congress the following statement on principles for a a faithful farm bill.   Principles for a Faithful Farm Bill From God’s initial command to care for creation to the prophets’ call for justice among governments and nations, people of faith in every age are called together […]

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Our Purpose

Participants in of the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs (DHN) collaborate together in order to coordinate the work of domestic poverty policy staff from more than twenty faith-based and affiliated organizations and denominations. We believe that poverty is an insufferable reality, particularly in the wealthiest nation in the world. We seek to promote policies that will lead to the elimination of the root causes of poverty, as well as those policies that provide support and help for those experiencing poverty in the meantime.

All of our faith traditions compel us to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with G-d.” Federal policies, including our federal budget and tax system, must be designed to achieve long-term economic security for all and to address the poverty, hunger, health care, unemployment, and affordable housing crises that face our nation.

  • Budget

    As more and more previously middle-income families are finding themselves facing poverty and unemployment, we must not neglect the very programs that allow them to survive and live in dignity. Congress has the responsibility, even as it pursues long-term deficit reduction, to adequately fund critical human needs and social service programs: it is both a moral issue and an economic necessity. We cannot leave our children a legacy of rising debt but neither can we leave them a legacy of rising poverty and diminished opportunities as educational programs, adequate housing, health care, nutrition programs, and community services become less available.

  • Hunger

    DHN works to support and protect strong, accessible nutrition programs, particularly in these times of increased need. With more Americans struggling to put food on the table than ever before, nutrition programs have never been more important. As Congress continues to look for savings through the 2014 Farm Bill and 2014 Agriculture Appropriations process, DHN will work to protect and strengthen support for programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

  • Jobs, Economy and Labor

    DHN will be focused on shining a light on the unemployed and advocating on their behalf for job creation, job training, and worker protection legislation. We will encourage Congress to pass a comprehensive job creation and training package in order to start healing our economy and putting Americans back to work. In particular, we will make sure legislation helps vulnerable communities and regions of the country hardest hit by the recession. DHN will also continue to make sure that jobs are sustainable and provide workers with the benefits and protections they deserve in order to help more people rise out of poverty and secure healthy, long-lasting employment.

  • Broader Policy

    DHN focuses on issues of importance to vulnerable people and ending poverty beyond it’s first tier of priorities. Issues of housing, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, income support programs and other parts of the federal safety net remain critical. Access to these programs must remain free of onerous restrictions and open to families in need. Many organizations in DHN also will encourage their members to take an active role in the 2012 election process, and so DHN’s work will reflect those goals.

Disciples Justice Action Network The Friends Committee on National Legslation Unitarian Universalist Association
 
Church of the BrethrenEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaOffice of Social Justice of the Christian Reformed Church