Faith leaders arrested at US Capitol during budget protest
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|Sat, 07-30-2011 - 8:44am|
The wrong people have been arrrested IMO.
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Eleven people, including faith leaders from multiple denominations were arrested inside the Capitol while staging a protest calling on Congress to create a budget that protected working Americans and guaranteed the rich paid their fair share of taxes.
>"Michael Livingston, director of the National Council of Churches (NCC) poverty initiative, who was arrested at the protest said, “Congress is paralyzed by toxic partisan politics while people suffer. Our elected officials are protecting corporations and wealthy individuals while shredding the safety net for millions of the most vulnerable people in our nation and abroad. Our faith won't allow us to passively watch this travesty unfold. We've written letters, talked with and prayed for our elected officials, and prayed together daily in inter-religious community. Today, we 'offer our bodies as a living sacrifice' to say to congress 'Raise revenue, protect the vulnerable and those living in poverty," reports the NCC."<
>"Edgar, who was also arrested, said in a public statement: "Budgets reflect the priorities of a nation, and we are not a nation that puts its biggest burdens on the backs of those who have the least. Most Americans favor a budget plan that recognizes the challenges facing middle class families and Social Security and Medicare recipients as well as the importance of putting the nation's finances on a firm footing. Spending has to be controlled, long-term, but a great nation does not turn its back on its obligations."
In addition to Rabbi Waskow, Livingston and Edgar, Common Dreams said those arrested included: "the Rev. Jim Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist Church's General Board of Church and Society (GBCS); Rev. Jennifer Butler, executive director of Faith and Public Life; the Rev. Paul Sherry, director of public policy for Interfaith Worker Justice; Jordan Blevins, director of peace witness for the Church of the Brethren and the NCC; Martin Shupack, director of advocacy, Church World Service; Sandy Sorensen, director, Washington Office, United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries and Jean Stokan, director, Institute Justice Team, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and policy advisor, Pax Christi USA.""<