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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

Blog: Faces of Occupy DC

Oct 26, 2011 | By Eric Gibble

Occupy Wall Street began with a few hundred people protesting the greed of Wall Street in Zuccotti Park in New York City. It has now grown into a movement of tens of thousands of people across the globe. The 99% have made their voices heard on every continent, including Antarctica. Read more

Blog: SNAP -- A Program Constantly Under Threat

Oct 25, 2011 | By Matthew Shuster

The program is always in threat of losing funding, and with the recession, we at NETWORK are more concerned than usual about protecting it. Read more

Blog: Harmful Attacks on the EPA

Oct 24, 2011 | By Eric Gibble

The unfounded attacks ignore the lives saved and productivity created by the agency. Read more

Blog: Despite Opposition, Colombia FTA Is Approved By Congress

Oct 14, 2011 | By David Golemboski, Georgetown Doctoral Student and Former NETWORK Associate

On Wednesday, October 12, the U.S. Congress engaged in a rare act of bipartisan agreement. Unfortunately, the House and Senate did not move together to address unemployment, the country's wealth gap, or other pressing matters of justice, but rather to pass a set of three misguided free trade agreements (FTAs) negotiated during the Bush administration. Read more

Blog: From Wall Street to DC - The 99 Percent Raise Their Voices

Oct 07, 2011 | By Eric Gibble

The Occupy Wall Street protests have expanded from a small group of alarmed citizens to a nationwide movement. In solidarity, over 800 events are occurring across the nation in all 50 states. Read more

Blog: Trade with Colombia

Oct 05, 2011 | By Mary Ellen Lacy, D.C.

Tuesday, the president announced that the long awaited trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama would be sent to Congress for approval. Read more

Platform for the Common Good Dialogue in Alabama

Oct 04, 2011 | By Jean Sammon

Here's a video clip of a news item about a group in Alabama who contributed to the 2008 Platform for the Common Good. Read more

Blog: Stop Playing These Dangerous Games!

Sep 29, 2011 | By Marge Clark, BVM

For weeks, the House and the Senate have been at odds over a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government running until Nov. 18, once FY 2011 ended. The Senate passed two versions of a CR; the first is until Tuesday, Oct. 4, the other until Nov. 18. Today, the House passed the version funding the government until Tuesday, Oct. 4. Read more

Blog: Work on Healthcare Reform Continues

Sep 26, 2011 | By Eric Gibble

Eighteen months ago, we were gratified by the passing of healthcare reform. However, we are still working to guarantee that the progress we made is not reversed. Read more

Blog: Jobs and Unemployment

Sep 26, 2011 | By Marge Clark, BVM

This week we are hanging in time between the presentation of President Obama of the American Jobs Act (AJA) and the release of the unemployment numbers for September.  Read more