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Blog: Urgent Budget Update

Jul 29, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

There is real danger of holding human needs funding at very low sequester levels! The House and Senate are stalled on funding for Fiscal Year 2016 – which begins on October 1, 2015. With only eight legislative days in September, they will need to do a temporary funding bill (Continuing Resolution or “CR”) to give them time to figure out the full year. The CR holds funding levels at the current amount for the time designated – likely until December. One huge danger being discussed in Congress is to do a full-year CR – until September 30, 2016.

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Blog: Beyond the Surface - Putting Care for Creation to the Test

Jul 14, 2015 | By Sarah Kenny, NETWORK Intern

Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’s revolutionary encyclical, has engendered a sustained media feeding frenzy since its release this June by successfully engaging individuals across borders, ethnicities and creeds.

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Guest Blog: Reflection on NETWORK’s “Just Advocacy Week”

Jul 13, 2015 | By Billy Critchley-Menor

Originally appeared on the Strength from the Cloud blog

 “We’re not about that polarization crap.”

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Blog: Intentional Diversity

Jul 08, 2015 | By Elizabeth Latham, Summer Intern

If I were to start in my driveway at home, I could walk for an hour before the percentage of white inhabitants would dip below 75%. If I were to walk in a certain direction during that hour, I would end up at the all-girls school I attended for eight years. In the time that I went to school there I could count the number of practicing Jews and Muslims I knew personally on one hand.

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Blog: African Palm Oil in Guatemala – A Fishy Situation

Jun 30, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

When I first watched the YouTube video one of our Guatemalan sisters sent me, I thought the white material coating the water of the La Pasión River was some sort of foam or other foreign substance that should not be present in a river used by many Guatemalans as a source of food and water. Little did I know that the “material” coating the water used to consider the river its home: the surface was covered by thousands of dead fish!

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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.