People of Faith Say ENOUGH! The Time is Now! Faith and community leaders are gathering weekly for virtual mass meetings to build a movement that breaks down barriers to economic and racial justice. The “We Say ENOUGH” campaign is calling for a moral response to the deepening disparities and injustice poor and disenfranchised people are experiencing in […]
Leaders of faith-based organizations are responding to the plan released by House Speaker Paul Ryan and the House Republican Poverty, Opportunity and Upward Mobility Task Force with appreciation for the effort made to alleviate poverty but with deep concerns about the negative impacts some of the plan’s policy recommendations would have on the nation’s […]
Ecumenical Poverty Initiative is joining with the Faith for Just Lending coalition and others in the faith community to stand up for the most economically vulnerable and to stop predatory payday lenders. So many people who needed help during an emergency or to cover the costs of unexpected expenses, have found themselves spiraling into deeper […]
The Ecumenical Poverty Initiative was a co-sponsor of a briefing for Senate staff on small-dollar loans, including payday, auto title, deposit advance products, and installment loans. Rev. Sekinah Hamlin, EPI’s director, was one of the speakers at the briefing, which was held on Monday, June 13 in the Dirksen Senate Building. EPI is urging […]
Washington, D.C., June 14, 2016—The Ecumenical Poverty Initiative (EPI) has applauded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) release of a rule that would govern payday lending and curtail predatory practices that have resulted in a vicious cycle of debt for low-income borrowers. In a briefing for Senate staffers yesterday about the proposed rule, EPI […]
The presidential election year cycle is well underway and the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative is sponsoring one of the most important events of the year. Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a national gathering and Lobby Day for Christians from across the U.S. It will be held from Friday, April 15- Monday, April 17, 2016 in the nation’s […]
Join Ecumenical Poverty Initiative and the Women’s Equality Center for the Standing with Women and Families Forum: Organizing for Power in the Gender Gap, which will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Greensboro, N.C. This forum brings together women of faith, organizations and […]
EPI Director Rev. Sekinah Hamlin and Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness Director Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson co-authored asking for justice for Capitol workers and an hourly wage of $15, fair working conditions and the right to engage in collective bargaining. Click here to read the op-ed.
We’re proud to stand with capitol workers for a living wage! We’re also grateful that the issue of low-wage labor is finally getting the media attention it deserves in conjunction with the Pope’s visit. Check out these pieces from the New York Times, Politico, and the Huffington Post.
Over at Visualizing Economics, Catherine Mulbrandon has an excellent visualization of income inequality in 1975 and then again in 2010: And here they are side by side for easier comparison: