Obama team seeks support of progressives on poverty

White House staff address Sojourners gathering
Members of President Obama’s domestic team addressed more than 1,000 Christian progressives at an antipoverty meeting in Washington, asking for their help to accomplish the president’s agenda.

“It is shameful that we live in a country where hundreds of thousands of kids experience hunger over the course of the year, and there’s no reason why we can’t address that,” said Martha Coven, a White House poverty expert, who drew applause during a panel discussion April 27 at the Mobilization to End Poverty, hosted by the social justice organization Sojourners.

Sponsors of the four-day gathering that ended April 29 included the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Oxfam America, World Vision, the American Baptist Churches’ national ministries and Wesley Theological Seminary. Altogether, 23 denominations and religious groups lent support to the meeting.


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