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Blog: Help Convert Frustration to Positive Energy for Good

Nov 12, 2010 | By Marge Clark, BVM

I took part in the Call to Action Conference in Milwaukee last weekend. On Saturday, I organized a caucus session called After the Election: Working Together to Create Economic Survival for All. Read more

Blog: Tragedy in Baghdad Church

Nov 07, 2010 | By Sister Beth Murphy, OP, Catholic Services of Macomb, Outreach Coordinator for the Office of Refugee Resettlement

Thursday night last week, I finally got around to preparing for the Saturday catechism class at St. Toma Syriac Parish. I grabbed my Bible to check the Sunday scriptures – today's scriptures – and my heart skipped a beat. There it was, in front of me, the same story that my Iraqi friends and family had been living all week: the story of the heinous torture and murder of seven Macabbean martyrs and their mother (2 Maccabees 7). Read more

Blog: The Great Many Causes, and Concerns, of Economic Inequality

Nov 04, 2010 | By Casey Schoeneberger

Is inequality an inherent characteristic of free market capitalism? Is it ever acceptable? How much is too much- and what do we do about it? These were the questions and topics of an event I attended on Monday at the New America Foundation entitled The United States of Inequality, Causes, Costs, and Consequences. Read more

Blog: “Letting School Interfere with My Education”

Oct 18, 2010 | By Laura Quigley, NETWORK Intern

My time in Washington thus far has been divided among my internship here at NETWORK, my public policy classes, and exploring the city. Luckily for me these experiences are not mutually exclusive, or at least the internship and classes aren’t. Read more

Blog: Gulf Coast Justice

Oct 18, 2010 | By Casey Schoeneberger

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast five years ago this past August and September. These cataclysmic disasters provided an opportunity to rebuild an area safer and better than what the storm and man-made errors had destroyed, but unfortunately that opportunity was missed. Read more

Blog: Pursuing Real Development for Colombia

Oct 12, 2010 | By David Golemboski

Last week, I attended a meeting of the Council of the Americas, at which Juan Carlos Echeverry, Minister of Finance for Colombia, gave a presentation titled “Democratic Prosperity in Colombia and Main Challenges of the Santos Administration.” Read more

Blog: Let's Look at Tax Reform

Oct 07, 2010 | By Casey Schoeneberger

Ben Franklin may have been right when he said that “…nothing is certain but death and taxes,” but America is not so confident when it comes to reforming the tax code. Read more

Blog: Why the Tax Benefits Should Not Be Extended for the Top Quintile

Oct 06, 2010 | By Marge Clark, BVM

In 2007 – 2008, everyone was hurt by the recession. In 2008 – 2009 the pain continued, except for the highest earning quintile of households. Read more

Blog: Quality! Not Quantity!

Sep 29, 2010 | By Andrea Pascual

This past summer, I was quite irritated when the topic of immigration was brought to the nation’s attention after the state of Arizona attempted to pass a senseless bill (S1070) that would allow local authorities the right to question people they suspect are undocumented. Read more

Blog: Poverty and the Politics of Reelection

Sep 28, 2010 | By Stephanie Niedringhaus

Why have the politics of reelection overshadowed the urgent needs of people in poverty? Washington seems to be tied up in knots, unable to even talk about – let alone address – the enormous income gap between those who are wealthy and those who are poor. Read more

Blog: Child Nutrition Briefing - "the most disheartening 45 minutes I have experienced..."

Sep 21, 2010 | By Laura Quigley, NETWORK Intern

This morning, Casey and I attended a briefing about child nutrition reauthorization that was sponsored by Feeding America, a network of over 200 food banks that operate throughout the country. I have to say, it was probably the most disheartening 45 minutes I have experienced during my time as an intern at NETWORK. Read more

Blog: Shocking Poverty Statistics

Sep 16, 2010 | By Mary Georgevich

Today, the United States Census Bureau announced the poverty statistics for 2009. The numbers are pretty shocking for me: 43.56 million people were living in poverty in 2009. Read more

Blog: Making the Tax Code Work for Working Families

Sep 09, 2010 | By Jean Sammon

A recent presentation at the Center for American Progress included several experts who stressed the importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Read more

Blog: We Need to Help the Children

Sep 08, 2010 | By Casey Schoeneberger

I had the opportunity to tag along to a press conference this past Friday with NETWORK Lobbyist, Sr. Marge Clark. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Arne Duncan of the Department of Education announced the creations of Connecting Kids to Coverage, a national coalition to enroll uninsured children in vital healthcare programs. Read more

Blog: Addressing Family Adversity through Comprehensive and Holistic Approaches

Jul 28, 2010 | By Amy Johnson, Emerson Hunger Fellow

Critical in the conversation on the effectiveness of our federal social service system are the issues faced by families who need multiple forms of support and by non-custodial fathers. Both of these problems were brought to light in a presentation sponsored by Congressman Danny K. Davis (IL-07) yesterday, entitled, “Social Service Systems: Adapting to Families’ Needs and Adversity.” Read more