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Blog: Housing – The Other Supreme Court Case

Jun 26, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

All anyone has been talking about has been the Supreme Court recently, specifically its decisions on the Affordable Care Act subsidies and same-sex marriage. Yet there was a third, less-publicized decision that will also impact millions, though less directly than the two previous cases. The case is entitled Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v.

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Blog: Why Focusing on Social Justice, in All Its Many Forms, Is the Only Way to Ensure a Voice for All

Jun 25, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Catholic Social Teaching, starting with Pope Leo XIII’s famous encyclical Rerum Novarum and continuing through the many papal encyclicals and the teachings of bishops’ conferences throughout the world, to the most recent encyclical last week of Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, is the source of my beliefs on social justice.

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Guest Blog: Remembering the Churchwomen, 35 Years Later

Jun 24, 2015 | By Lora Wedge, former NETWORK staff member and current NETWORK member

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the martyrdom of Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Dorothy Kazel and Jean Donovan. Dedicated to accompanying the Salvadoran people during the civil war in El Salvador, these courageous churchwomen lost their lives, yet they continue to inspire people committed to peace and justice around the world.

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Blog: June 22 Trade Update - Messy Business of Passing an (Unjust) Trade Bill

Jun 22, 2015 | By Laura Peralta-Schulte

The Obama administration is in the process of negotiating many significant trade agreements with countries around the world.  One such agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement with 12 countries accounting for 40% of world GDP, is nearing completion.  All trade agreements are negotiated in secret and informed by an elaborate system of official advisory committees that are overwhelmingly corporate.  That is why current trade agreements, while perhaps sounding good in theory, do not promote the commo

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Blog: Laudato Si’ -- A NETWORK Associate’s Perspective

Jun 19, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

When I was a kid, my family always took what I initially considered to be the strangest vacations. While my friends flew off to Disney World, I flew off to…Wyoming. And Alaska, Arizona, and California. While my friends enjoyed amusement park rides, I quickly grew to love hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and kayaking.

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Blog: A Long Row to Hoe Before We Reach a “Faithful Budget”

Jun 19, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

While both Houses of Congress are going through all the motions of voting on and passing various appropriations bills for the upcoming 2016 fiscal year (FY), there is an air of unreality about the whole process. This fiction is due to the fact that the budget plan adopted by Congress includes drastic sequester caps at the same time that President Obama has made clear that he will veto all spending bills that do not lift the sequester caps or that attempt to attack the Affordable Care Act (also a major part of the adopted budget plan).

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Blog: Ecology and Economic Justice – Preparing for the Pope’s Encyclical

Jun 10, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

On May 28, Father Thomas Reese, in this article in the National Catholic Reporter, predicted that Pope Francis’s upcoming encyclical will insist that attempts to deal with the burden of climate change should not be borne solely by the poor.

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Blog: Yet Another Ugly Amendment Directed at Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers!

Jun 08, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

On June 3, the House of Representatives passed its fourth spending bill of 2015, the Commerce-Justice-Science (CSJ) bill. However, it was not without an anti-immigrant attack, this time by Representative Steve King (R-IA-04). His amendment, which passed 222-204, prohibits the use of any funding by the Department of Justice to continue its legal battles concerning President Obama’s November 2014 executive actions.

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Blog: Yet Another Ugly Amendment Directed at Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers!

Jun 08, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

On June 3, the House of Representatives passed its fourth spending bill of 2015, the Commerce-Justice-Science (CSJ) bill. However, it was not without an anti-immigrant attack, this time by Representative Steve King (R-IA-04). His amendment, which passed 222-204, prohibits the use of any funding by the Department of Justice to continue its legal battles concerning President Obama’s November 2014 executive actions.

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Blog: Not Enough Money

Jun 01, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

The time has come! Time for the Republican leadership to agree to negotiate higher spending caps, in order to meet basic needs of those who struggle to keep a roof over their head and feed themselves and family. The budget resolution has been adopted, with limits suggested for each appropriations (spending) committee. Now, members of those House and Senate committees are trying to find enough money to fund the programs about which they care the most.

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Blog: Why Detention for Immigrants, Especially Immigrant Families, Must End

May 27, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

“Unlocking Human Dignity: A Plan to Transform the U.S. Immigrant Detention System,” a new scathing joint report from the Migration and Refugee Services/United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Center for Migration Studies (CMS), speaks of the baleful effects of immigrant detention on the lives of persons who pose no threat or danger, but are treated like criminals.

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Blog: Just, Unjust, or A Little of Both: the Inexorable Movement toward Ending Family Detention

May 21, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

Detaining women and children in so-called “family detention centers” is completely morally unacceptable.

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Blog: The Emerging Progressive Agenda

May 21, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

In a May 12 Washington Post blog, Katrina vanden Heuvel called recent events in advancing a progressive reform agenda a “stunning” development.

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Blog: Policing Reform—Good News at Last!

May 19, 2015 | By Joan Neal

In an effort to stem the increasing militarization of police, the Obama administration announced yesterday that the federal government will no longer transfer certain military-grade gear and weaponry to local police departments and will severely restrict access to other equipment without stringent assurances of its proper use.

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Blog: NETWORK Participates in Historic Conference on Poverty

May 15, 2015 | By Sarah Spengeman

In Washington, we hear politicians on both the left and the right ta