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Listen Now: Faithful Advocacy and Fiscal Cliff

Sister Simone Campbell leading evening worship at Bread for the World's Hunger Justice Leaders Program in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, June 10, 2012. Sister Simone participated in conference call on faith and the fiscall cliff earlier this month. (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World)

By Kyle Dechant

Earlier this month, the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs (DHN) hosted a conference call on faithful advocacy and the fiscal cliff.

Amelia Kegan, senior policy analyst at Bread for the World, started off the call with an update on the latest fiscal cliff negotiations. Rabbi Steve Gutow, president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, then moderated a conversation with Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK and lead organizer of Nuns on the Bus, and Ambassador Tony Hall, executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger.

Sister Simone Campbell spoke to her vision of an America that truly cares for those most vulnerable in society; Ambassador Hall gave insights from his experience as a congressman and U.S. ambassador; and they both testified to the importance of faithful advocacy in the fiscal cliff negotiations.

Rabbi Gutow closed out the call by taking listener questions from some of the 100-plus participants from across the country and urging people of faith to take action.

An audio recording of the conference call is below. [The audio was edited for length and clarity. The conversation between Sister Simone and Ambassador Hall begins at the 7-minute mark].

Kyle Dechant is a fellow in Bread for the World's government relations department.


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