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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

Blog: NETWORK Briefing a Successful Contribution to the TANF Conversation

Jul 20, 2010 | By Amy Johnson, Emerson Hunger Fellow

Yesterday, NETWORK hosted a briefing on the release of our report, TANF Tested: the Lives of Families in Poverty during the Recession. Read more

Blog: Measuring Economic Security

Jul 20, 2010 | By Amy Johnson, Emerson Hunger Fellow

As is common knowledge, our current measures of poverty are woefully problematic at providing an accurate understanding of the financial struggles faced by many Americans. In an effort to provide one more accurate measure of instability, the Rockefeller Foundation has designed the Economic Security Index (ESI). Read more

Blog: How to Help Iraqi Christians?

Jul 13, 2010 | By Simone Campbell, SSS

On a humid DC afternoon, I went over to the US Catholic Conference Building to attend a briefing by six Iraqi Christian leaders. Three of the leaders reside in Iraq and three are leaders of the refugee community in the United States. Read more

Blog: A "Springboard" to Learning about Politics and National Security

Jul 12, 2010 | By Jim Kachadoorian, NETWORK Intern

In addition to my time at NETWORK, I’m attending the Summer Intern Security Springboard at the Truman National Security Project this summer. It’s a crash course in everything a young leader needs to become competent, confident, and literate in national security policy. Read more

Blog: “Mortgage Assistance” “Middle Class Tax Cuts” “Unemployment” “Deficit” “Budget Constraint”

Jul 08, 2010 | By Marge Clark, BVM

We read these in the daily papers, and hear them on the evening news. Politicians hoping for election or reelection in November talk about them. And, they are important to discuss.  Read more

Blog: National Conference Raises Student Voices

Jul 08, 2010 | By Maureen Book, NETWORK Intern

Silence. No birds fly overhead, no fish are swimming, and no human person is around.  Instead, a thick layer of oil covers the ocean, leaving behind an acid smell that burns your throat and smothering every sign of life with complete and utter silence. Read more

Blog: START, a Step in the Right Direction

Jul 07, 2010 | By David Golemboski

Last week I attended a meeting for faith advocates to talk with Rose Gottemoeller, Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance, and Implementation, and also the U.S.’s lead negotiator for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia. Read more

Blog: Congress Loses a Legend

Jul 02, 2010 | By Catherine Pinkerton, CSJ, former NETWORK Lobbyist

Catherine Pinkerton, CSJ, pays tribute to the late Senator Robert Byrd. Read more