Peace and Justice April Resources

CHILDREN IN POVERTY

You may be surprised to learn that children in the United States are more likely to live in poverty than those in any other developed nations, according to data from UNICEF.  In fact, 22 percent of U.S. children live in households in the bottom quartile of the nation’s income.

Children are particularly affected by rising levels of homelessness and food insecurity/hunger linked with poverty. Young children in families experiencing deep poverty – those with incomes below 50 percent of the federal poverty line — are likely to experience severe early adversities that contribute to poor health and education outcomes.  The National Center for Children in Poverty publishes national and state profiles of data related to this issue.  For example, in 2015 9% of children in Arizona had no health insurance compared with the national average of 4%.

Opportunities for Action

  • State decisions and policies can support the development of young children in the key areas of health, early care and education, and parenting and economic support.  Visit  http://nccp.org/profiles/AZ_profile_16.html to find out more.
  • Learn about the New Poor People’s Campaign. This campaign is expected to be a multi year effort intensifying on Mother’s Day 2018.  https://poorpeoplescampaign.org/
  • Read  Always with Us?  What Jesus Really Said About Poverty by Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis.  This book seeks to challenge our understanding of poverty and provide a theological undergirding for anti-poverty works.

Further Information

  • National Center for Children in Poverty  Arizona Profile http://nccp.org/profiles/
  • Presbyterians Today February/March 2018 Just Living

Always with Us? What Jesus Really Said About Poverty – Liz Theoharis

  • Office of the General Assembly – G.A. Co-Moderators – One Church One Book

On Choosing to Be a Church Committed to the Gospel of Matthew 25 Item 11-03 222nd General Assembly

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO OFFER THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS, CONTACT:

Phebe Packer phebepacker@cox.net

GIFTS OF WOMEN

As we celebrate the gifts of women, let us remember that women’s rights are important for everyone. “Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.” (Goal 5 of the United Nations 17 Goals for Sustainable Development.)

Although progress has been made in many areas, Global Citizen cites the following issues affecting girls and women around the world:

  1. Access to Education
  2. Employment Opportunities
  3. Reproductive Health & Rights
  4. Maternal Health
  5. Gender-based Violence
  6. Child Marriage
  7. Female Genital Mutilation
  8. Water & Sanitation
  9. Gender Equality

Opportunities for Action

  • Stay informed
  • Sign petitions, call governments or join rallies supporting women’s rights (See Global Citizen website)
  • Make contributions for small loans to organizations such as the Guerrant Foundation www.guerrantfoundation.org

Websites for Further Information

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO OFFER THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS, CONTACT:

Phebe Packer phebepacker@cox.net

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