Last Wednesday, our deputy director, Melinda St. Louis, was invited by YaleDivinity School to discuss poverty reduction as part of the school's 40-day "Mobilizing Faith, Fighting Poverty" initiative. She served on a panel with Arthur Keys, President and CEO of International Relief and Development, Katherine Marshall, Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue of Georgetown University, and David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, a Yale Alumnus, gave the keynote address.
"Melinda St. Louis, deputy director of Jubilee USA, which rallies people of faith to advocate debt relief of poor countries, shared details of a petition now circulating that calls on President Obama and the U.S. government to "lead global efforts to transform the global economy, recognizing our responsibility as our sisters' and brothers' keepers." The "1,000 Faith Leaders Initiative" hopes to secure the signatures of 1,000 religious leaders by June. The petition says we must "repair the historical injustices that impoverish the poorest and enrich the wealthiest" and "work to end the cycle that leads to debt crises. "
Photo by Aubrey Gemignani courtesy of Yale Divinity School.