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Media Advisory: Monday Nov 5th, “Nuns on The Bus” in Michigan

For immediate release: November 2, 2012
Contact:  Roger Kerson, roger.kerson@gmail.com, 734.645.0535

“Nuns on the Bus” to Barnstorm Michigan for YES on Prop 2

DetroitSister Simone Campbell, leader of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice organization, will join U.S. Rep Gary Peters, former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, faith leaders and Michigan workers on Monday, November 5th for a five-city “Nuns on the Bus” tour in support of Proposal 2.

Who:   Sister Simone Campbell, U.S Rep Gary Peters, former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, Michigan faith leaders and working families.

What:  Statewide Bus Tour for YES on Proposal 2, to support collective bargaining in Michigan.

Cities and Times      

Kalamazoo, 9:00 am, Bronson Park at W. South St. and St. John’s Place

Grand Rapids, 11:00 am, Wealthy Street Station and Deli, 1157 Wealthy St., SE

Lansing, 1:30 pm, Andre’s Tailoring and Alternations, 805 W. Holmes Rd.

Flint, 3:30 pm, Complete Auto and Truck Parts, 3401 Dort Highway

Detroit, 5:30 pm, McShane’s Irish Pub, 1460 Michigan Ave (at Trumbull)

Former Rep. Schauer will join the tour in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Lansing.  Rep. Peters will join the “Nuns on the Bus” tour in Flint and Detroit.  Specific locations in each city to be determined.

“The right to organize, to bargain, to join together to improve wages and working conditions is a fundamental principle of Catholic social teaching,” said Sister Simone. “It’s exciting to join with faith leaders and people from across Michigan who want to make these basic rights a fundamental part of Michigan’s constitution.”

Sister Simone, a Sister of Social Service, attorney and poet, has led several “Nuns on the Bus” tours across the United States since this summer, calling on both parties to address economic justice and pay more attention to the needs of low-income citizens.

“Everybody who works for a living, everybody who pays taxes, everybody who lives in Michigan has a reason to come out and vote YES for Proposal 2.” said Eric Weber, a Lansing firefighter who will join the bus tour and who has appeared in television ads supporting Proposal 2. “Collective bargaining is how we build a strong middle class, it’s how we bargain for public safety, and it makes sense for Michigan.”

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For information about NETWORK, contact Stephanie Niedringhaus, NETWORK Communications Coordinator, at sniedringhaus@networklobby.org