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Blog: Happy Fifth Birthday to the Affordable Care Act - One Giant Step Forward to Healthcare for All

Mar 23, 2015 | By Laura Peralta-Schulte

Today we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and declare once and for all that the ACA is a SUCCESS. 

Unlike the hysteria that surrounded its passage, with critics arguing that it would destroy the U.S. economy, leading to job loss, the fact is that our economy is stronger, jobs are growing, and Americans are more healthcare secure than they have ever been. 

Let’s look at the facts. 

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Blog: What Can We Expect in Pope Francis’s Upcoming Encyclical on the Environment?

Mar 20, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Ever since Pope Francis indicated that he would write an encyclical on the issue of the ecology/environment, expected to be completed in the summer of 2015, people around the world have been speculating about its contents.

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Blog: Affordable Housing for People with Very Low Incomes Practically Nonexistent

Mar 13, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

My colleague here at NETWORK, Sister Marge Clark, in a blog at this site on March 2, drew attention to the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) and some recent attacks on the fund itself. A research report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), entitled “Affordable Housing Is Nowhere to Be Found for Millions,” released the week of March 9, highlights the acute need for the NHTF.

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Blog: Grounds for Better Understanding and Dialogue with Islam

Mar 10, 2015 | By Sr. Eucharia Madueke

At a timely lecture jointly sponsored by Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) and THE Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies (IPRCS) of the Catholic University on March 6, Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald, M.

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Blog: Extend and Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit

Mar 09, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Catholic Social Teaching is clear that all people have the right to live in human dignity, which for many is not possible without tax incentives since payroll taxes are taking a larger and larger bite out of their meager wages.

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Blog: Criminal Justice Reform

Mar 05, 2015 | By Joan Neal, NETWORK Strategic Advisor

America’s criminal justice system is broken. Far from being a way to hold offenders accountable while at the same time treating them with compassion and respect, it focuses on retributive rather than restorative justice – punishment rather than rehabilitation. The result is harsh and inconsistent sentencing, overcrowded prisons, and a growing group of citizens who find it increasingly more difficult to successfully reenter society.

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Blog: Why We Need to Fund the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Now!

Mar 02, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Funding for CHIP runs out at the end of this fiscal year (September 30, 2015) and without its renewal almost every state will be affected. This is because CHIP is a block grant program in which nearly all states have opted to participate. (The exception is Arizona, which left the program in Jan. 2014).

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Blog: National Housing Trust Fund - Update

Mar 02, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

It is no surprise that persons who become homeless are struggling in extreme poverty. There is no way to align homelessness with Catholic Social Teaching/Tradition. One who is living on the streets, in a shelter or their car, or even bunking in an overcrowded apartment is not living in dignity.

And certainly it does not show our nation as having a preferential option for people who are poor. For more than the ten years I have been with NETWORK, the organization has worked for passage of, and then funding for, the National Housing Trust Fund.

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Blog: How to Respond to Implausible Claims about “Welfare”

Feb 13, 2015 | By Colleen Ross

We’ve all heard the claim -- at the Thanksgiving dinner table, in the church social hall, at the water cooler, or even in our own email inboxes -- that government programs are too generous and are disincentives to work. Last week, we were contacted by a NETWORK friend looking for guidance on how to respond to such an argument. Frustrated with the persistence of this claim and its popularity in our political discourse, I thought a succinct but thorough response may be useful to have on hand.

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Blog: What’s at Stake in the Supreme Court’s Latest Case Considering the Issue of Subsidies in the Affordable Care Act

Feb 13, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

In less than three weeks (on March 4) the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of King v. Burwell – with a decision expected in late spring/early summer. Too few people realize how high the stakes are. Before considering the stakes, let’s be sure we understand the fundamental issues.

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Blog: The Scandal of Sentencing Juveniles to Life in Prison without Parole

Feb 05, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

NETWORK, along with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other faith organizations, is an official supporter of the “Statement of Principles” of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth" (CFSY). These principles reflect our strong moral belief in human dignity and rights – as well as the need to respond to those without power.

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Blog: Funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Beyond February 27, 2015

Jan 23, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Prior to the passage of H.R. 240 on January 14, NETWORK, along with 21 other representatives of the interfaith community working toward immigration justice, sent a letter to all members of Congress requesting that they oppose the proffered bill and any amendments that would repeal either the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA).

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Blog: How Fear Led to Militarization of Community Policing

Jan 16, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

So many people hype the fear of crime and terrorism as an easy, quick way to rally support for more police with more weapons, tougher laws, and more prisons that they fail to realize that hyping fear means that truth suffers.

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Blog: December 2014 Jobs Report Continues to Show Improvement

Jan 09, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

The report on the December jobless rate released this morning was a continuation of the good news! The unemployment rate fell from 5.8% in November to 5.6% in December – with 252,000 new jobs created. This is the lowest rate of unemployment since 2008!

Long-term unemployment is a serious concern NETWORK has been working on over the last two years. Here also the news is good. During 2014, that rate fell by 27%. Related is the number of part-time workers seeking full-time employment. That number also fell by 12%.

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