Poverty in the 2012 Elections
New census numbers out this week revealed that our nation’s official poverty rate is at 15.0 percent - meaning that 46.2 million people, including 16.1 million children, are living in poverty. One in seven of our neighbors are suffering on the economic margins. Faith advocates, with the leadership of the Circle of
Protection coalition, have asked both presidential candidates to state why they
care about poverty in the United States, and what they will do to alleviate
it. You can watch the videos here.
The General Synod of the United Church of Christ has long spoken out in support of our brothers and sisters living in poverty and advocated collectively in defense of the common good. UCC congregations are actively engaged in direct service in their communities throughout the country, but it is only through the combined strength of our public and private efforts that we can begin to truly address the issue of poverty.
In the words of our General Minister and President, Geoffrey Black:
“Our faith calls us to place the poor and
most marginalized in our communities at the forefront of concern. Those who struggle economically in our
society, the most vulnerable -- children
living in poverty, people living with chronic health issues, seniors, women
trying to escape violence in their homes – do not have a voice at the
policy-making table or a hand in influencing political campaigns. The United
Church of Christ has a long history of actively serving the needs of vulnerable
populations in our communities and advocating for systemic solutions that lift
people out of poverty and uphold the common good. We urge all people to let
your voices be heard through your vote. As our faith teachings remind us,
nations are judged by how they treat the poorest and most vulnerable people. Our faith calls us to consider how our
choices in this election season affect the ‘least of these.’”
all of our candidates and elected officials followed these candidates’ example
and plainly stated their plans to alleviate poverty, it would dramatically
change our country’s election conversations. We would re-focus on protecting
the most vulnerable among us as Jesus called us to do.
Take action! Ask your
representatives to clearly state their plans to end poverty during the 2012
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Note: The Christian leaders who initiated the "Circle of Protection"
asked the two major nominees for president to offer a brief video
outline of how they would seek to overcome poverty as President. The
Christian leaders express their thanks to both President Obama and
Governor Romney for their positive responses to this request. The
leaders also wish to make clear that this effort in no way offers or
implies an endorsement of either candidate or the proposals in their
statements. Likewise, the participation of Governor Romney and President
Obama does not offer or imply an endorsement of the positions taken by
the Circle of Protection or its members.
Dear [Decision Maker],
[City, State ZIP]