COVID Rages on as Inequality Explodes. It’s Time to Tax Billionaires

Black News Channel
By Rev. Dr. William Barber, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, and Abby Maxman 
January 18, 2022

As the world reels from the omicron surge, it is time we reckon with a dramatic and immoral failure of the world’s power holders to meet the challenges of this historic pandemic. A new report out today from Oxfam finds that inequality has not only worsened over the last two years, it has become deadly.  

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Which Way America? Confronting Christian Nationalism in the Spirit of Desmond Tutu

As Congress debates voting rights and investing in the people, it’s important to understand the dark forces that underlie the increasingly reactionary and authoritarian politics on the rise in this country.

Tom Dispatch
By Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
January 11, 2022

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” — Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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Woe to Those who Enrich Themselves at the Expense of the Poor

Sojourners
By Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
December 20, 2021

After months of negotiations, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) decided to kill the Build Back Better agenda. He made the announcement on Fox News Sunday, just days before an already-fraught holiday as we’re seeing COVID surges, essential workers still being paid wages of those considered expendable, and storms and extreme weather wreaking havoc on lives and livelihoods. When voicing his dissent for the Build Back Better agenda, despite making promises that he was negotiating in good faith since the summer, Manchin had the nerve to say: “I tried everything humanly possible.”

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MSNBC: Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis interviewed by Lindsey Reiser for the Ali Velshi show

Ali Velshi show with Lindsey Reiser
MSNBC
December 18, 2021

Senator Manchin professes to be a follower of Catholic teachings and yet we are seeing a Senator who has the power to make people’s lives in his state and all across this country better, invest in living wages, invest in a child tax credit, pass voting rights protections and expansion. When you have power and refuse to use it for good, that is sin of the highest nature. This is exactly what the prophets throughout history speak against.

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Congress Approved $778 Billion for the Pentagon. That Means We Can Afford Build Back Better.

Some senators say Biden’s social and climate bill costs too much, but comparing it to the military spending plan they just passed suggests otherwise.

Politico
By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Lindsay Koshgarian and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
December 16, 2021

This week, the families of 61 million children received their final payments under the expanded Child Tax Credit. This credit has kept 10 million children above the poverty line, but it is expiring as the Senate delays a vote to renew it through the Build Back Better Act.

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A Project for Survival in These United States

Lifting from the Bottom So Everyone Can Rise

Tom Dispatch
By Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
November 7, 2021

When President Biden first unveiled the Build Back Better agenda, it appeared that this country was on the path to a new war on poverty. In April, he told Congress that “trickle-down economics have never worked” and that it was time to build the economy “from the bottom-up.”

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Why Joe Manchin’s good faith is bad for the poor

Despite a stately facade of moderation, Manchin has, in the words of the gospel, ‘neglected the more important matters of the law — justice, mercy and faithfulness.’

Religion News Service and Washington Post
By Liz Theoharis
October 1, 2021

(RNS) — On Thursday (Sept. 30), amid intense debate in Congress about the budget reconciliation bill, Politico magazine published a copy of an agreement signed in late July by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, in which Manchin is guaranteed that President Biden’s Build Back Better bill would not exceed $1.5 trillion, rather than the $3.5 trillion proposed at the time.

The day before, Manchin had not once but twice made statements about negotiating “in good faith.”: “There is a better way,” he said in a Sept. 29 statement, “and I believe we can find it if we are willing to continue to negotiate in good faith.”

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Creating a Powerful, Broad-Based Moral Movement

Today’s voting rights and economic justice advocates must apply two key lessons from the courageous activists of a half-century ago.

The Progressive
By Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Rev. Dr. William Barber II, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sarah Anderson
September 28, 2021

In the face of rising voter-suppression efforts across the country, we are witnessing a growing movement that builds on the proud history of the 1960s civil rights era. To be successful, today’s voting rights and economic justice advocates must apply two key lessons from the courageous activists of a half-century ago.

First and foremost, the voting rights movement of 2021 needs to reject the pressure to isolate voting rights from a broader moral economic agenda. The U.S. Constitution enshrines the interconnected commitments to “establish justice” and “promote the general welfare.”

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The Land of the Free, Where So Many of the Brave Are Homeless

Resisting Evictions Amid a Pandemic

Tom Dispatch
By Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
September 16, 2021

Over the past weeks, multiple crises have merged: a crisis of democracy with the most significant attack on voting rights since Reconstruction; a climate crisis with lives and livelihoods upended in the Gulf Coast and the Northeast by extreme weather events and in the West by a stunning fire season; and an economic crisis in which millions are being cut off from Pandemic Unemployment Insurance, even as August job gains proved underwhelming. There’s also a crisis taking place in state legislatures with an ongoing attack on women’s autonomy over our own bodies. The Supreme Court let a law go into effect that makes abortions nearly impossible in Texas and turns its enforcement over to vigilantes. And then, of course, there’s the looming eviction crisis that could precipitate the worst housing and homelessness disaster in American history.

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