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People's Prayer Breakfast Speaks To Social Justice

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Ani Palmo, a Buddhist monk, echoed the emphasis on social justice that unites those at the People's Prayer Breakfast.
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Ani Palmo, a Buddhist monk, echoed the emphasis on social justice that unites those at the People's Prayer Breakfast.

Hundreds of religious leaders of many faiths gathered in Washington D.C. today for two separate meetings to pray for America and its people.

President Obama, the First Lady and the Vice President joined hundreds of faith leaders from across the country at the annual National Prayer Breakfast held at the Dupont Circle Hilton. For over 50 years, Presidents have graced the meeting, organized by the Fellowship Foundation that plays host to influential political, business and religious leaders.

A few blocks away in the basement of a small Presbyterian church, another gathering of faith and spirit, called the People's Prayer Breakfast is meeting in support of Occupy DC.

Pastor Tara Spuhler McCabe, highlighted their meeting's more humble message of social justice for those affected by the economic downturn: "All people can invoke the act of prayer, it's not just a spiritual act but also a justice act."

The People's Prayer Breakfast also sported a variety of faiths, united behind that message. Ani Palmo, for instance, is a Buddhist monk.

"I think we're all looking for the same thing, to be of benefit," says Palmo.

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