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February 24, 2012


“Harder for Americans to Rise from Lower Rungs,” by Jason DeParle
The New York Times, January 4, 2012
“While liberals often complain that the United States has unusually large income gaps, many conservatives have argued that the system is fair because mobility is especially high, too: everyone can climb the ladder. Now the evidence suggests that America is not only less equal, but also less mobile.”

“Organizer Reclaims ‘the American Dream,’” by Zoe Ryan (about PICO founder Fr. John Baumann)
National Catholic Reporter, January 9, 2012 
“I’d say that many Americans believe that the American Dream, also known as ‘America is the land of opportunity,’ was once true, but it doesn’t hold anymore.”

“The Book of Jobs: A Banking System is Supposed to Serve Society, Not the Other Way Around,” by Joseph Stiglitz
Vanity Fair, January 2012
“Forget monetary policy. Re-examining the cause of the Great Depression—the revolution in agriculture that threw millions out of work—the author argues that the U.S. is now facing and must manage a similar shift in the ‘real’ economy, from industry to service, or risk a tragic replay of 80 years ago.”

“Cruel and Unequal” by Michelle Alexander
Sojourners, February 2011
“Blacks and whites use drugs at about the same rate, yet African Americans are 10 times as likely to be imprisoned for drug offenses. The unbalanced effects of the ‘war on drugs.’”




“The Values Debate We’re Not Having,” by Rev. Rich Cizik (formerly vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals)
Washington Post, November 2, 2011
“Most ‘values voters’ with even a minimal degree of biblical literacy recognize that the Hebrew prophets and Jesus warned the powerful not to afflict the poor and comfort the rich.”