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Call for Congressional Action in 2010 "Lame-Duck" Session

Just before Congress returned to Washington for its lame-duck session (beginning on November 15), NETWORK Lobbyist Marge Clark, BVM, sent letters to every individual member thanking them for their work in the 111th Congress and asking for specific action on pending legislation. We invite you to read these letters for more information about what Congress must address – and to send your own messages to Congress... Read more

Facts about the Gulf Coast

The Gulf Oil Spill began on April 20 as the result of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. Oil has been gushing out at alarming rates since then, becoming the largest offshore spill in U.S. history and one of the most devastating disasters along the Gulf Coast. Communities along the gulf that were still in the process of recovering from hurricanes Katrina and Rita were dealt another devastating blow.

Prayers for the Gulf Coast

Included here are prayers you can use in solidarity with the people of the Gulf Coast: Prayer for Communities in the Gulf Coast Region Prayer of Confession Intercessions  Read more

2010 Issue Referendum Results

NETWORK has always been a multi-issue lobby, which is often a challenge for us, given the breadth of social justice issues and our limited resources. In June 2010, we surveyed our members (and some potential members) to help us set our priorities for the 112th Congress (2011-2012). Read more

Blog: National Conference Raises Student Voices

Jul 08, 2010 | By Maureen Book, NETWORK Intern

Silence. No birds fly overhead, no fish are swimming, and no human person is around.  Instead, a thick layer of oil covers the ocean, leaving behind an acid smell that burns your throat and smothering every sign of life with complete and utter silence. Read more

BP Oil Spill on the Gulf Coast

With the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig off the coast of Louisiana on April 20, 2010, the BP oil spill has become one of the most devastating oil spills that have occurred in the United States. Thousands of families along the Gulf Coast relying on natural resources for income and employment have been immensely affected by the oil spill.  With 47% of the Louisiana population living on the coast and anywhere from 12,000 to 19,000 barrels of oil spilling into the gulf each day, major industries such as fishing, agriculture, and tourism have declined dramatically.

Blog: Time to Reconsider Mountaintop Removal

Jun 21, 2010 | By John McCrillis, NETWORK Volunteer

In the debate over Mountaintop Removal (MTR), we as Catholics and as citizens are called to consider more than just short-term economic benefit for our coal production. Read more

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