Scandal of Poverty - Sign the Faithful Citizenship Statement

Faithful Citizenship: A Response to the Scandal of Poverty in Wisconsin

We who have signed on to this letter are people of faith, faiths which inform our view of
the world and the very meaning of our individual and collective lives.

ADD YOUR NAME to the Faithful Citizenship petition and let leaders and
candidates know that people of faith demand real action to reduce poverty

We are not a stereotype. We come from different faith traditions and different cultures.
We are urban, suburban and rural, from across Wisconsin. We are different races, ages,
genders, political views and lifestyles. This letter transcends difference and identifies key
matters of agreement.

We are shocked and scandalized by the depth of poverty in Wisconsin: One in ten of us
lives in poverty; in the best-off counties the rate is only half that -- one in twenty lives
poverty.? Poverty is more visible in our cities, but it is everywhere in Wisconsin. Poverty
is closely related to racial disparities. It is closely related to our unacceptably high rate of
incarceration. Poverty's greatest cruelty is that the poor live in the midst of plenty, and in
a time when the wealthiest have more than ever before.

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It is time to return to true American and Wisconsin values.  We must rebuild our economy from the ground up, by strengthening the embattled middle class and expanding opportunity to those who strive to someday be middle class.  A strong middle class doesn't happen by accident, we create it with the decisions we make together, guided by our shared values. We must find the political courage to take tangible steps that will expand economic opportunity as broadly as possible.


We must reaffirm our commitment to those great American and Wisconsin values of freedom, opportunity and shared responsibility. We must fight together to take back Wisconsin and build an economy that works for everyone; where everyone is responsible for doing their fair share, and where every individual who is willing to work hard and play by the rules has a fair shot at realizing the American Dream.

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