Shared by Ryan Bell, who is participating in the meetings:
Clergy gather in New Orleans to craft a populist message to aim at politicians (Bruce Nolan, Times-Picayune, 17 Nov 2011)
More than 500 clergy from dozens of denominations are in New Orleans this week, laying plans they hope will force next year’s presidential candidates to talk about populist economic reforms. Their issues are raising the minimum wage, preserving and perfecting health care reform, and “holding Wall Street and the nation’s largest banks accountable for nearly crashing the national economy” in 2008, said Gordon Whitman, the group’s policy director.
PICO pursues its agenda by teaching more than 1,000 congregations how to organize, train their own leaders and make demands of local, state and federal officials.