Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Nuns taking it to the streets

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 11:17 AM

nuns sitting by a fence
  • Blue moon in her eyes
  • Nuns will take a stand for the poor.

Nuns, pastors and ministers plan to gather in the streets of Denver on Wednesday.

No, it's not an abortion protest. No, they're not going to make a stink about civil unions. Get this: They're upset because the nation's budget hurts the poor.

Old-school, I know.

Despite the proliferation of "WWJD?" bracelets and the contents of the New Testament (e.g. widows, orphans, rich men, eye of the needle), defending the downtrodden seems to be a radical move for the clergy these days. Gospel of prosperity, anyone?

Anyway, at least 50 Christians are expected to organize in Denver and ask legislators to reconsider budget cuts that have hurt the poorest while helping the rich.

Read on:

Colorado Nuns to hold press conference to urge Congress to fix budget on Wednesday
Will pray for families and kids suffering due to cuts in housing, food assistance

DENVER — Fifty nuns, ministers, pastors and struggling Coloradans will hold a press conference to urge Congress to fix budget sequester cuts causing Colorado families and children to suffer needlessly at Triangle Park (across from the Denver Rescue Mission and Catholic Samaritan House) on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at noon.

The nuns will lead attendees in prayer to restore housing, food, job training and other federally funded assistance programs to help the poor survive and become self-sufficient — and make the case for a fair tax system that expects the wealthy and corporations pay their share of taxes so that we can invest in programs for working Coloradans and those most in need.

WHAT: Press conference, demonstration and prayer

WHEN: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 12:00 — 12:15 p.m.

WHERE: Triangle Park, where Broadway, Lawrence St. and Park Ave. intersect
Across Lawrence St. from Catholic Samaritan House, 2301 Lawrence St. and cross Park Ave. from Denver Rescue Mission, 1130 Park Ave. West

WHO: Catholic sisters from Colorado Nuns on the Bus, clergy from many faiths, struggling Coloradans affected by federal sequester cuts
* Sister Mary Catherine Rabbit, an advocate for people with disabilities, seniors
* Katie Stanton, single mother denied previously approved housing assistance
* Katrina Hall, formerly homeless woman and current guest of the Catholic Worker program

WHY: Show the suffering of Colorado families and children due to federal sequestration — and the need for a fair tax system that supports housing, food, job training and other assistance programs

VISUALS: At least 50 attendees, including nuns and clergy wearing religious garb like collars; large crosses, signs and banners with religious themes

Coloradans for Tax Fairness is a coalition of 20 nonprofit, community and labor groups seeking to make sure large corporations and the richest two percent pay their fair share of taxes and protect cuts to vital services upon which the middle class depends, like Social Security, Medicare, education and Medicaid.

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