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US Muslims, Jews & Christians Launch Campaign to Defend the Poor from Budget Cuts 20 July , 2011

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – Inspired by a common spiritual conviction that God has called on all Americans to protect the vulnerable and promote the dignity of all individuals living in society, the interfaith coalition is aiming to protect those struggling to overcome poverty in the U.S. and abroad and to exclude programs that protect people in poverty from the budget deficit debates.

 More than 25 heads of communion and national religious organizations are spearheading an 18-month faith-based public policy campaign to urge Congress and the Administration to exempt programs that assist at-risk families and children in the U.S. and abroad from budget cuts. The campaign will consist of high-level meetings with policymakers, a Washington fly-in of religious leaders and daily prayer vigils among other actions.

 The daily prayer vigils are being held in Washington DC on the front lawn of the United Methodist Building (100 Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington, DC).

 Led by a different religious organization each day at 12:30 p.m. EDT, the prayer vigils will continue throughout the White House led budget negotiations. The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) led a prayer vigil on 12 July.

 The campaign was announced via a teleconference featuring a number of the country’s leading religious officials.