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Blog: Speak Up Now to Oppose Congressional Targeting of Poor Children

Feb 01, 2012 | By Mary Ellen Lacy, D.C.

TODAY and TOMORROW, join Mind the Gap! activists around the country and call (202) 224-3121. Ask to be connected with House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, members of the tax package conference and your representative to tell them that you OPPOSE funding the payroll tax credit on the backs of working families and their children. Click above for more information. Read more

Blog: Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 20, 2012 | By Claire Wheeler

As I exited the building, I could still feel the emotionally charged atmosphere. On Monday, January 16, Interfaith Worker Justice hosted a service to honor Martin Luther King’s commitment to worker justice as part of their Faith Advocates for Jobs Campaign in Washington, D.C. Read more

Will the State of the Union Speech be a Winner?

Jan 19, 2012 | By Jean Sammon

President Obama gives the State of the Union speech on Tuesday January 24. NETWORK has a handy chart to track how much he talks about the things we support. Read more

Blog: NETWORK’s Issue Agenda on Target

Jan 12, 2012 | By Stephanie Niedringhaus

Today, I listened to a presentation at the Center for American Progress by Dr. Alan Krueger, Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. As he spoke about the rise and consequences of inequality, I again recognized the timeliness of NETWORK’s campaign on the wealth gap (Mind the Gap!) – and the critical importance today of our work for economic justice. Read more

Blog: Reflection about War

Dec 20, 2011 | By Matthew Shuster

I remember sitting in my junior high gym class in Northern Virginia when the principal’s announcement came over the loudspeakers that a plane had hit one of the Twin Tower buildings in New York City and that another had also crashed closer to home, into the Pentagon. Read more

Blog: Afghanistan Update

Dec 08, 2011 | By Matthew Shuster

There has been some good news about the longest war in American history. Troops could return from Afghanistan sooner than planned, thanks to the work of the United States Senate. Read more

Blog: Is 8.6% Unemployment a Real Improvement?

Dec 02, 2011 | By Marge Clark, BVM

The unemployment numbers for November were released the morning of Dec. 2. WOW, a move from 9.0% to 8.6%, isn’t that good news? Not so fast. Read more

Blog: Alabama Immigration Law's Consequences

Nov 29, 2011 | By Mary Ellen Lacy, D.C.

On November 21, ten members of Congress travelled to Alabama to hear testimony relating to the practical consequences of H.B. 56. The congressional members, led by Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and supported by Alabama’s Representative Terri Sewell, gathered at Birmingham City Hall. Thanks to NETWORK’s own activist member John Meehan, resident of Birmingham, Alabama, we have on-the-scene reporting and photos. Read more

Blog: Violence Against Women Act Needs Reauthorization

Nov 29, 2011 | By Mary Ellen Lacy, D.C.

Quick action needed! Learn how you can help ensure reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Read more

Blog: Election 2012 Matters!

Nov 28, 2011 | By Eric Gibble

Watch our video to find out why! And click here for information about a new job opening that will enable you to become directly involved. We are looking for a Project Coordinator for ELECTION 2012: Catholics Vote for the Common Good! Read more

Blog: What Do We Hold Dear?

Nov 23, 2011 | By Mary Ellen Lacy, D.C.

Every weeknight, my Sisters and I eat dinner as a community. Depending upon the happenings of the day and the energy levels of those present, dinner talk can range from the outrageously hilarious to an unparalleled banality. One evening this week, the dinner talk resulted in a serendipitous, albeit sad insight for me. Read more

Blog: We Shall Overcome! Congressional Delegation to Visit Birmingham AL Today for Hearing on Impact of Immigration Law

Nov 21, 2011 | By Mary Ellen Lacy, D.C.

A delegation from the House of Representatives is in Birmingham, Alabama today. Their visit will include an ad hoc field hearing to examine the impact of Alabama's harsh new "papers please" immigration law, HB56.  Read more

Blog: The Ignatian Family and NETWORK

Nov 16, 2011 | By Jean Sammon

November 16 marks the 22nd anniversary of the 6 Jesuits and two women martyrs at the UCA in El Salvador. Remembering these men and women - who would certainly have been a powerful force in the 99% - over 1,000 students and teachers from Jesuit high schools and colleges came together in Washington DC last weekend for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. Read more

Blog: Update on the Super Committee

Oct 31, 2011 | By Marge Clark, BVM

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, commonly referred to as the Super Committee, is now three weeks from its deadline for providing a plan to the House and to the Senate. They have held many closed meetings, and on November 1 will hold their fourth open meeting. Read more

Blog: Thoughts on the Half In Ten Campaign—Cutting Poverty Rates in Half over Ten Years

Oct 27, 2011 | By Claire Wheeler

Yesterday, while walking back to the NETWORK office after a coalition campaign (Half In Ten) panel discussion on poverty, my thoughts were racing. I was contemplating the different reasons people are motivated to care about the welfare of another human being. Read more