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Press Release: NETWORK Kicks off 2014 Nuns on the Bus Campaign in Des Moines, Iowa – with Vice President Joe Biden in Attendance

After a rousing kick-off ceremony in front of the state capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus are today sponsoring two Iowa town hall meetings, one in Council Bluffs and one in Sioux City.  Vice President Joe Biden joined the Catholic sisters yesterday for the kick-off ceremony. He delivered a powerful speech supporting the issues we work on, including healthcare access, a faithful budget, immigration reform, “a decent living wage,” and civic engagement. He was also full of praise for NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus and Catholic sisters in general: "I know no group of people who bring more passion to what they do.” Read more

Press Release: NETWORK Announces Launch of New NUNS ON THE BUS Multi-state Tour for Voter Engagement

On September 17, NETWORK’s famous Nuns on the Bus will launch a new bus trip for justice. Traveling to 10 states in a bus emblazoned with the words “We the People, We the Voters,” the Catholic Sisters, led by Sister Simone Campbell*, will engage thousands of people with the goal of greatly expanding voter engagement this November. Read more

Blog: Criminal Justice Reform

Mar 05, 2015 | By Joan Neal, NETWORK Strategic Advisor

America’s criminal justice system is broken. Far from being a way to hold offenders accountable while at the same time treating them with compassion and respect, it focuses on retributive rather than restorative justice – punishment rather than rehabilitation. The result is harsh and inconsistent sentencing, overcrowded prisons, and a growing group of citizens who find it increasingly more difficult to successfully reenter society.

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Press Call: Religious Leaders Speak Out against Trade Injustice & Fast Track Authority

FOR RELEASE: February 17, 2015

CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Blog: The Scandal of Sentencing Juveniles to Life in Prison without Parole

Feb 05, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

NETWORK, along with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other faith organizations, is an official supporter of the “Statement of Principles” of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth" (CFSY). These principles reflect our strong moral belief in human dignity and rights – as well as the need to respond to those without power.

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The Sad Saga of Congress Isn't Finished Yet

Aug 26, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Recent Vox reports have included charts proving that Congress is indeed getting worse. One, from a Brookings Institution report, showed the percent of important legislative issues in gridlock in each Congress since 1947 rising from less than 30% to 70%.

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Blog: Can Democracy Survive Voter Suppression Laws and Flood of "Big Money" into Election Coffers? (Part 1 of 2-part Series)

Aug 12, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

It sometimes seems like our once-brave experiment with democracy is today under siege with the proliferation of voter suppression laws being passed by states and localities and the Supreme Court upholding near-unbridled use of money in elections, which has eviscerated campaign reform efforts. But this is neither the first nor last time we must choose democracy and social justice over discrimination and plutocracy. Fortunately, thousands of individuals and groups have joined to wage this struggle.

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Blog: The Children's Defense Fund's (CDF) Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign

Jul 07, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

If you are not already familiar with the CDF's nationwide campaign, launched back in 2007, we urge you to check out the its website for national and state-level information -- as well as CDF President Marian Wright Edelman's weekly Child Watch column in the Huffington Post. Not only do I support this ongoing campaign for social justice, but I notice how it dovetails with so many of NETWORK's own initiatives, primarily our efforts to reduce inequality in this country.

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