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President Barack Obama speaks at a National Leadership Convening on poverty in May 2015.


Overcoming poverty in the richest nation on earth is a moral imperative and urgent national priority. Poverty has economic, political, cultural, and spiritual dimensions. These dialogues explore the human and moral costs of poverty and how people with differing political, ideological, and religious perspectives can work together to lift people out of poverty in the United States and internationally.


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Moral Principles, National Priorities, Budget Choices

While the United States is focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and Afghanistan, Congress is debating and deciding on national priorities and investments that will affect every American family and community. This fall, both the House and Senate are considering a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation…


The Consistent Ethic of Life in 2023: Solidarity with Those Who are Poor and Vulnerable (Video)

January 19, 2023

Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes

Moral Principles, National Priorities, Budget Choices (Video)

September 16, 2021

Duration: 1 hour 14 minutes

Overcoming Poverty as a Moral Imperative and National Priority: Towards “A Better Kind of Politics” (Video)

March 1, 2021

Duration: 1 hour 18 minutes