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Media Advisories: "Nuns on the Bus" in Ohio Starting October 10

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MEDIA ADVISORIES
October 3, 2012

ACTIVITIES OF "NUNS ON THE BUS-OHIO" (TWO ADVISORIES BELOW)

Nuns on the Bus Ohio Contact: Casey Schoeneberger, 202-569-4254, casey@faithinpubliclife.org 

What You Won’t Hear at the Debates: “Nuns on the Bus” Host Conversation on Poverty in America

Urge Candidates to Attend and Hear Stories of People Struggling at the Margins of Society and the Programs that Help Them

(Cincinnati, OH) -- On October 10 at 10:30a.m EDT, NETWORK will host “Nuns on the Bus: Listening to ‘We the People'” in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS and fellow Catholic sisters will take part in a forum with individuals they met during the original nine-state tour who are working hard to overcome the challenges of poverty and place themselves on the road to self-sufficiency. 

The nuns have invited both Democratic and Republican presidential and Senate candidates to take part in this important discussion and stand with those on the economic margins of our society. 

“As Catholic sisters, we are called to give special attention to the needs of those facing poverty, and we think our elected leaders need to do the same. This is an opportunity for those who wish to represent us to hear the stories of hardship and hope that we heard on the bus,” said Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS of NETWORK and organizer of the original “Nuns on the Bus” tour. “Shamefully, some politicians have referred to those who receive assistance from the government as ‘lazy’ and ‘dependent;’ nothing could be further from the truth. We hope that highlighting these stories will provide witness to the reality of poverty in America and the need for a strong social safety net.” 

“We are thrilled to host the ‘Nuns on the Bus,’” said S. Barbara Busch, SC, executive director of Working In Neighborhoods. “Every day at WIN, we see hard-working families and senior citizens who are trying to keep a roof over their heads and improve their communities.  We know that good government is the key to ensuring equal access to housing, healthcare, education and nutrition that benefits our entire community. “

The conversation will be moderated by Sr. Campbell and will bring together stories from Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio related to healthcare, hunger, housing, and economic fairness. Immediately following the “Nuns on the Bus: Listening to ‘We the People’” event, local Ohio Catholic Sisters will depart on a nine-city Ohio tour to visit Catholic-sponsored social service agencies that would be harmed by federal budget cuts and will call for Democrats and Republicans to support a faithful budget that affirms the life of all God's children -- not just the wealthiest few.

 WHO: Catholic Sisters, people of faith, and individuals and families from original “Nuns on the Bus” tour, including:

Sr. Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby and organizer of original “Nuns on the Bus” tour, Washington, DC

WHAT:  Discussion forum with Catholic sisters and hardworking families about efforts to overcome challenges of poverty and need for the protection of programs that empower individuals and families to make the tough climb out of poverty. 

WHERE: Working in Neighborhoods, 1814 Dreman Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223

WHEN:    October 10, 2012 at 10:30a.m. EDT

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October 2, 2012

“NUNS ON THE BUS” GET READY FOR 1,000-MILE TOUR OF OHIO

Local Sisters put focus on most vulnerable, call on Ohioans to vote their values

(Cincinnati, Ohio) -- As Ohioans are deluged with negative political attack ads, local Catholic Sisters in Ohio are mounting a statewide bus tour to promote the values at the center of their faith -- solidarity, justice and the common good.

Ohio Nuns on the Bus will hit the road from October 10 to October 15 for a 1,000-mile tour through every region of their state -- red, purple and blue.

Featuring local Catholic Sisters, and sponsored by NETWORK with support from people of faith across Ohio, they’ll visit Catholic-sponsored social service agencies that would be harmed by federal budget cuts and will call for Democrats and Republicans to support a faithful budget that affirms the life of all God's children -- not just the wealthiest few. Earlier this year, the U.S. Catholic Bishops stated that the budget passed by the House of Representatives fails a “basic moral test.”

 “As Catholic Sisters, we work together with vulnerable people to enrich their lives and their communities. We want to remind our fellow Ohioans that voting is a chance for all of us to serve our communities and change lives,” said Sister Monica McGloin, of Cincinnati, who is organizing the tour with local sisters, including Sister Mary Wendeln and Sister Fran Repka, and sisters across the state.

Sister Simone Campbell, who led the original 9-state Nuns on the Bus tour this summer looks forward to attending the launch of Nuns on the Bus Ohio. “Sisters give their lives for the needs of those around them,” Sister Simone said. “‘Nuns on the Bus’ make that generous gift more public. I especially support these Sisters in Ohio as they witness to the Gospel in practice and policy.”

Tentative Schedule…Arriving in a Different Region Every Day

Kickoff Event: Wednesday, October 10 -- SW Ohio

12:00 p.m. - By the bus, outside Working In Neighborhoods Economic Learning Center, 1814 Dreman Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223

Dayton

Day 2 : Thursday, October 11 -- Central Ohio

Dayton
Lima
Columbus

Day 3 : Friday, October 12 -- NW Ohio

Columbus
Toledo

Day 4 : Saturday, October 13 -- Northern Ohio

Toledo
Fremont
Cleveland

Day 5 : Sunday, October 14 -- NE Ohio

Youngstown, additional TBD

Athens

Day 6 : Monday, October 15 -- SE Ohio

Marietta, additional TBD

Closing Event: Cincinnati

This event is sponsored by NETWORK. For more information about NETWORK and the Nuns on the Bus project, contact Stephanie Niedringhaus at sniedringhaus@networklobby.org or 202-347-9797 x  224.