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Catholic Social Justice Lobby Releases New Data on Poverty during the Economic Downturn

Washington DC: NETWORK today released its new report on how people in poverty have been affected by the recession and high unemployment.   Read more

Blog: “Mortgage Assistance” “Middle Class Tax Cuts” “Unemployment” “Deficit” “Budget Constraint”

Jul 08, 2010 | By Marge Clark, BVM

We read these in the daily papers, and hear them on the evening news. Politicians hoping for election or reelection in November talk about them. And, they are important to discuss.  Read more

Poverty Rates

NETWORK strongly supports legislation designed to help people lift themselves out of poverty and live lives of dignity. This includes lobbying for “safety-net” programs such as nutrition assistance

What have we learned from the recent economic downturn?

The economic meltdown created an extremely fluid landscape. It is difficult to predict accurately how all of this will “shake out,” but we do believe that the economy will continue to be at the center of much of the movement in this session of Congress – especially regarding financial regulation and jobs.

In a healthy economy, enough money moves through the hands of enough people so that most can buy the necessities of life. In a meltdown, the money flow stops: you can’t buy groceries because I can’t pay your wages because the person who bought my products can’t pay me.

Catholic Social Justice Lobby Thanks Pope Benedict XVI for His Strong Statement About Economic Justice

NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, welcomes the pope’s new encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, which emphasizes the importance of many of NETWORK’s priority issues, including our work for effective ways to address poverty and hunger, justice for immigrants, ecological justice, fair trade, and development. Read more

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