News from the Road

Town Hall for the 100%

By Quincy Howard, Dominican Candidate

October 16, 2014

I joined the Nuns on the Bus group this evening to support an effort that is near to my heart. These women of faith provide hope to people on many levels, and it's desperately needed now in the political arena.

I fear that—continuing the trajectory of money's influence on politics—the window of opportunity for voters to have a real impact on decision-makers is narrowing. Now, more than ever, there needs to be a groundswell of civic participation if we're ever going to regain control of our governance, and the biggest obstacle to that engagement is a massive sense of hopelessness and despondency.

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Plaza Fiesta in Atlanta

By Sister Mary Priniski, OP

October 16, 2014

At the Plaza Fiesta in Atlanta, a group gathered to meet the bus and welcome the message of “We the People, We the Voters.” As I listened to the stories of families who have been affected by detention of immigrants, my heart broke.

A young mother who was put in jail and, despite her paying her fine within the first three days, was told that ICE put a hold on her release. It was not true!!

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The AFL-CIO Labor Office in Atlanta, Georgia: First Georgia Stop for Nuns on the Bus.

By Sister Jean Marie Lehtinen, OP

October 16, 2014

It was also my first experience with Nuns on the Bus and speaking to the need of encouraging people to vote in the upcoming elections.

I was surprised at the warm welcome. People seemed honored that that the Nuns stopped to bring them the message about the importance of getting out the vote, that they can make a difference. The folks took materials, signed the pledge-to-vote cards and talked about their experience as ordinary people.

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New Orleans

By Sister Mary Lou Specha, PBVM

October 15, 2014

In New Orleans, Louisiana, there is always some type of event happening. The locals live between seasons—Football, Carnival (Mardi Gras) and Festival seasons just to name a few. These seasons/events bring happiness, laughter and delight to all who attend.

The Spirit is contagious and is often difficult to contain. The “Nuns on the Bus” captured this spirit as we traveled around the city.

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An Evening at St. Mary’s Academy

By Sister Julie Marsh, PBVM

October 14, 2014

On Tuesday evening, the City of New Orleans was filled with a plethora of events for people to attend such as “The Night Out Against Crime” which promotes neighbors to meet neighbors in all parts of the city, “the Senate Debates” which would enlighten voters in this close Senate race, a city-wide Inter-faith Prayer Service for Peace that gathers monthly, various ball games of variety of colors…and “the Nuns on the Bus!”

Though the crowd was small, the enthusiasm brought by those attending was energizing. Sister Clare, president of Saint Mary’s Academy, welcomed Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS and her entourage of NETWORK staff to New Orleans and the school. After a brief introduction from sisters of various religious communities and from the men and women interested in learning more about today’s political challenges,

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Acting for Justice in Louisiana

By Sister Simone Campbell, SSS

October 14, 2014

Because of dramatic weather conditions that caused travel delays I was the only Nun on the Bus in Baton Rouge. How I missed my Sisters. It really made me realize the invaluable nature of our community on the bus. I felt twice as responsible for hearing the stories of the people we met. First we went to Gardere district to a new organizing effort that focuses the efforts of volunteers to build up their neighborhood. We saw the tutoring and computer classes, and heard from residents what a difference people can make when they work together. Some of the volunteers told me that it was the Just Faith program in their parish that got them to ask what they could do to make a difference in their city. Seeing the relationships that have grown in a few short months delighted my heart.

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A Happy Ending to Our Time in North Carolina

By Sister Mary Beth Hamm, SSJ

October 7, 2014

When one dines at Friendly’s, a restaurant chain on the East Coast, one of the items on the menu is called a “happy ending dessert”. Today, our final day of Nuns on the Bus in North Carolina, we feasted on a “happy ending” treat as we visited the YWCA Central Carolinas and met the passionate, caring staff and the courageous residents who live there.

For 112 years, the YWCA in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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Lunch at Laurey’s

By Sister Margie Hosch, OSF

October 6, 2014

The enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to lift people out of poverty permeated throughout our lunch discussion at Laurey’s.

The Laurey’s general manager lifted up the spirit of their founder, who recently passed away. Her goal was to bring food from the soil to the table. All workers at Laurey’s receive a living wage. The manager explained that many people in Asheville receive a minimum wage, which keeps people in poverty. Just economics is the goal, which is a long distance from being a reality.

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Canvassing Aston Park Tower, Asheville NC

By Sister Mary Beth Hamm SSJ

October 6, 2014

Following a spirited Press Conference at the YWCA of Asheville, we “walked the walk” of the message we have been proclaiming on the Nuns on the Bus tour and got out to encourage others to register to vote.  Collaborating with the Mountain People’s Assembly, a grassroots group that encourages voter rights, the Nuns on the Bus (Simone Campbell SSS, Phyllis Tierney SSJ, Margie Hosch OSF and Mary Beth Hamm SSJ) and many others descended on Aston Park Tower, a public housing residence, to assure that every resident has an opportunity to register to vote for the November election.

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Multicultural Festival at Immaculate Conception Church in Durham

By Sister Mary Beth Hamm, SSJ

October 4, 2014

On Saturday evening, the people of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham, NC warmly welcomed the Nuns on the Bus, first to Liturgy and then to their annual Multicultural Festival, which included an opportunity for Voter Registration. Commemorating the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Father Chris Vanhaight, OFM and Deacon Gerardo Chavez presided at what was truly a celebration of the ethnic diversity of Immaculate Conception Parish.

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