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Silence Can Kill: Speaking Up to End Hunger and Make Our Economy Work for Everyone
By Rev. Arthur Simon ( Read an excerpt )
What They Say About The Book
"Art Simon is a drum major! Silence Can Kill is a towering and compelling moral vision to end hunger! Art Simon combines a deep analysis of the root causes of poverty with an inspirational hope that ending hunger is indeed possible in our generation."
— Gabriel Salguero, president, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
"In this era of increasing national and global wealth disparities...Simon offers a comprehensive analysis and compelling questions to all those with a heart to hear and a commitment to democratic values."
— Iva Caruthers, General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
"A huge book, compelling in its argument, morally urgent, the culminating contribution of one of America's most important, practical, Christian moral leaders of the last fifty years. I recommend this book with the highest enthusiasm."
— David P. Gushee, Mercer University, and immediate past president, American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics
About the Book
Ending hunger is a moral imperative that does not stand alone. Hunger thrives on the racial, social, and economic inequalities that are eating away at the soul of our nation and pulling us apart. But ending hunger could now become the cause that brings us together across partisan lines to make our economy include everyone and work for everybody.
The goal of ending hunger nationwide is not only noble but easily within reach. Taking up this goal could give us a corrective lens, a lens of hope for seeing ourselves and our country in a new way. It could also give us better vision for helping the world overcome extreme hunger and poverty.
Our failure to speak and write to members of Congress about hunger consigns millions of people here and abroad to diminished lives and premature death, so it is a silence that kills. We can break that silence by urging the nation's leaders to help end hunger and humanize our economy.
This book addresses all people of goodwill, including agnostics and atheists, but with a special word of concern for religious people Christians in particular who help through charity, but neglect to use the power of their citizenship against hunger.
About the Author
Arthur Simon is founder and president emeritus of Bread for the World, a national citizens' voice urging our nation's decision-makers to help end hunger at home and abroad. He has written a number of books, including The Politics of World Hunger, which he coauthored with his brother, Paul Simon, the late U.S. Senator from Illinois.