Fiscal Cliff Protesters Hold Prayer Vigil

WASHINGTON–With fiscal cliff negotiations stalled, some community groups are courting God to intervene.

About 300 representatives of the faith-based Gamaliel grassroots network and Our DC, a jobs-advocacy group, held a protest and prayer vigil outside the Hart Senate office building Wednesday, urging congressional lawmakers and the Obama administration to ensure they keep the poor from bearing government spending cuts.

Gamaliel, which says it has a network reaching 1 million people, aims at stopping lawmakers from making cuts to safety-net programs like Social Security. It says tax cuts for high-income earners should be allowed to expire at year’s end, as scheduled, arguing that the wealthy should be required to contribute to deficit reduction.

This article originally appeared in the Washington Post on December 5, 2012 and is available here: