The Faithful Budget Campaign


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CWS places people who are impoverished and marginalized at the forefront of concern.  The current fiscal debates – at their heart – are a struggle for the soul of our nation and its moral conscience.  We grieve at the soaring gap between rich and poor; faith and fairness require that we preserve and strengthen vital lifelines for people who are struggling to overcome hardship and poverty in the U.S. and abroad. The faithful way forward to fiscal health calls for a focus on job creation, revenue increases, a shared commitment to the common good and cuts in unnecessary military spending.

In Summer 2011, an interfaith coalition in Washington, D.C., began daily Capitol Hill prayer vigils and worked together out of our common sense of urgency around the need to protect social safety net programs that serve people living in poverty. A Congressional Super Committee has now been charged with finding $1.2 trillion to cut from the federal budget by November 23. These cuts could impact every federal program under the sun: Social Security, Medicare, nutrition assistance programs, prenatal and infant care, foreign aid, the military, taxes and more. These cuts would be coming at a time when the U.S. poverty rate is at a 45-year high and 1 in 8 people live in poverty.

Communities across the country are asking Congress for a just and compassionate federal budget; a “faithful budget.” Check out the toolkit below to get involved and make your voice heard in the federal budget and deficit debates.

To share about the Faithful Budget efforts on Twitter, use the hashtag #faithfulbudget.

Resources for vigil events

Flyer than can be modified for local vigils

Guide for planning a vigil

Local vigil media advisory

Litany for a faithful budget

Facebook event

Join a vigil by phone 11/20 3-3:30 p.m (EST)

 

Resources for advocacy

Toolkit for Super Committee work (Word)

Press release about the grassroots campaign

Letter on foreign aid funding