VIDEO: Rabbi Saperstein and Rev. Cizik on Darfur

April 26, 2007, 6:55 pm | Posted by

On the genocide in Darfur PoliticsTV provides exclusive interviews with Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism and Rev. Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals. In addition, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls “it outside the circle of civilized human behavior.”

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Pew Poll on Latinos and American Religion

April 25, 2007, 5:47 pm | Posted by

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life is always an interesting source of information on, well, religion and public life both in America and abroad. They’ve released a new poll and analysis piece that focuses on the impact that America’s growing Latino community will have on religion and American politics.

There are a few very interesting findings, especially in the attitude of Hispanics to government social services. Whether Catholic, Evangelical, or Secular, Hispanics by wide margins favor government guaranteed health insurance, and are willing to pay higher taxes for government services. Check out this and more in the report at the Pew Forum’s website.

More than two-thirds (69%) of Latinos support publicly funded health insurance for all citizens, for instance,

even if this results in higher taxes. On this issue, there is virtually no difference between Latino Catholics and

evangelicals. By contrast, Catholics in the general population are somewhat more likely than evangelicals to

endorse publicly funded health care. Similarly, almost two-thirds (64%) of all Hispanics, including similar

numbers of Catholics and evangelicals, say they would opt for higher taxes if the result were more government

services.

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Get to know: Global Days for Darfur

April 24, 2007, 6:32 pm | Posted by

Over at God’s Politics, Adam Taylor titles his Friday Darfur post: For God’s Sake, Save Darfur! End the Politics of Delay. And he lists some growing numbers of folks of faith who are acting out, “273 events in 175 cities and 42 states (and D.C.) across the country, as well as events in 20 countries, and the number is growing daily.”

The blog: Darfur: An Unforgivable Hell on Earth heralds a die in and divestment rally in Boston Common.

“The Save Darfur Coalition is a non-profit organization and advocacy group dedicated to ending the genocide in the western Sudanese region of Darfur. It is a coalition of over 160 faith-based, humanitarian, and human rights organizations designed to raise public awareness and to mobilize an effective united response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of some two million people in Darfur.”

According to their wikipedia entry:

The Save Darfur Coalition began on July 14, 2004 when the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and American Jewish World Service organized a Darfur Emergency Summit at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan featuring Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Elie Wiesel. Mr. Wiesel inspired the group with his impassioned remarks about the suffering being inflicted on Darfurians: “How can I hope to move people from indifference if I remain indifferent to the plight of others? I cannot stand idly by or all my endeavors will be unworthy.”

You’ve got to check out Johnny Ramirez’s flash graphic for Global Days for Darfur.

And Amnesty International has a great new site up devoted to Darfur, called Instant Karma.

As you know time is running out for the people of Darfur. Four years of genocidal violence has left over 400,000 dead, 2.5 million innocent civilians displaced, and 4 million men, women, and children completely reliant on international aid for survival. Not since the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has the world seen such a calculated campaign of displacement, starvation, rape, and mass slaughter.

Here’s Sojourners’ Global Days for Darfur toolkit as well as other resources.

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VIDEO: Building a social movement on the responsibility to protect

April 23, 2007, 1:38 pm | Posted by

This week many organizations and congregations are participating in Global Days for Darfur. The video below is an excellent collection of leaders sharing really smart policy and mobilization strategies for building broad, effective coalitions among the student and faith-based community.

Stopping Mass Atrocities: An International Conference on the Responsibility to Protect

Building a Social Movement: An Examination of Current and Past Campaigns

Conference partners include: Progressive Students of Faith, Amnesty International, Center for American Progress, Consulate General of Canada, International Crisis Group, San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition, STAND-UC Berkeley, World Affairs Council of Northern California, World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy.

How can lessons learned from successful campaigns be applied to the anti-genocide and R2P campaign? Models include the anti-slavery campaign, the campaign to ban landmines, and the campaign for the creation of the ICC. – Anita Sharma, ENOUGH, moderator – Mark Hanis, Genocide Intervention Network – William Pace, World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy, Coalition for the International Criminal Court – Ken Rutherford, Landmine Survivors Network – Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, M.D., My Sister’s Keeper

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VIDEO: Former Christian Coalition leader calls for creation care

April 20, 2007, 12:34 pm | Posted by

In this special report, Anderson Cooper 360 profiles Dr. Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed in Longwood, Florida. A longtime conservative, Dr. Hunter stepped down as president of The Christian Coalition of America because he believes that Evangelicals must care “for the vulnerable outside the womb, as well as inside the womb.” The “Compassion Issues” we must address, he teaches, include sanctity of life, marriage and family, justice, poverty and creation care.

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